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Happy Thanksgiving 2017 (Robinson Park, Agawam, MA)

Date Of Visit: November 23, 2017

Location: 428 North St, Feeding Hills (Agawam), MA

Hours: gates close at the park at 4 p.m. in the fall and winter.  During the late spring and during the summer, the gates and trails are open from sunrise until sunset

Cost: $8 for MA vehicle, $10 for non-MA vehicle

Parking: There are about 50 parking spots in the park itself at various designated parking areas.  There are also several entrances besides the actual entrance to the park (on North St and Feeding Hills Rd) where you can park for free but there are gates at these entrances and you have to walk rather than drive to the beach and fields in the park.

Time To Allot For Visit: 3 to 4 hours to hike the entire park

Size of the park: 800 acres, 5 miles of frontage on the Westfield River

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights: walking trails, stream, beach, picnic area, fields, lots of wildlife, great for bikers, joggers, walkers and dogs

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

There’s something about fall, especially in New England.  The hot sun and fresh crisp air is invigorating.  And what better place to spend such a seasonable fall day than Robinson Park in Agawam, MA?

Going to Robinson Park on Thanksgiving has become a tradition for me.  Since it is so close to my relatives and it is such a big park with so much to photograph, it’s a wonderful place for me to take my camera and get close to nature.  It’s also a great way to work up an appetite for the big feast later.

If there’s one word I would use to describe Robinson Park it would be peaceful.  Especially today when many of us are reflecting on what we’re thankful for and spending some quality down time with loved ones.  Walking around and the park I felt as though I was the only there, partly because I probably was.  At least I didn’t see anyone during most of my time there

Except for the occasional dog walker, cyclist or fishing enthusiast, it was pretty quiet at Robinson Park today.

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There was a lot of bird and chipmunk activity as they get ready for winter.

There was also a sign of more life to come at the park.

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It’s rare to not see someone walking their dog at Robinson Park and today was no exception.  With it’s wide trails, plentiful bushes and trees and numerous side trails, it is a great place to take your pooch.

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Cabo is a 2 year old Black Lab.

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Papi is a 1 year old Pitt Bull Terrier mix.

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Sophie is a 12 year old Mini-Datsun.

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I have posted about this park previously.  To view my original, in depth post about this park from last year click here.

I hope everyone has a happy, peaceful and safe holiday weekend.

 


Halloween In Salem – Part II (Salem, MA)

Date Of Visit: October 31, 2017

Location: Salem, MA

Welcome to Part II of my photo blog post from my Halloween in Salem series.  If you want to view part I you can find it here.

There were so many amazing costumes from my visit to Salem on Halloween.  But, I have to say this was my favorite.

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What better day to get married than Halloween?  This couple got dressed up for their big day!  Congrats and best wishes to this lovely couple!

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During my day in Salem, the people continued to arrive in a variety of costumes from the cute to the scary to the down right bizarre.  But, it was Chucky that really put a scare into me.   He always scared the heck out of me!

Even though there were some duplicates in terms of the costumes (such as the Hocu Pocus costumes), they all had their own flair and style.

While it’s great photographing all of the people in their costumes during the daytime, things really get going during the evening.

Salem really does come alive at night during Halloween.  As people get out of work and begin to celebrate, the city comes to life.  Besides, Halloween really is best celebrated in the evening. Even the costumes seem to look cooler and more scary as the sun sets and the evening descends upon the city.

The city closes down many of the side streets at 4 p.m. and they close the garages from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. So, if you don’t leave by 7, you’re stuck there for a while!  It’s strange seeing the sity streets so desolate and walking down the usually busy streets.

There are bands that play well into the evening (the residents must love that) and the evening culminates with fireworks at 11:15.  I was long gone by then.

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So, it was another spooky and fun day full of surprises.  Until next year…maybe I’ll see you there then!

Lest I forget, there were so many beautiful dogs in Salem during Halloween.

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Freddy, a 7 year old Himalayan therapy dog, was tired from visiting patients earlier in the day.

Bubba is a 6 year old Mastiff and Doberman mix.

Romeo is a 14 week old Bernese Mountain dog.  He may look small now.  But, trust me, he’s not going to stay that size for long!

Galaxy is a 10 month old Pit Bull and American Bulldog mix

Bear is a 6 year old Siberian Husky and Border Collie mix.  His guardian said he is known as “The Dog Of Salem!”

Sophie is a 7 year old Black Russian Terrier.

Wilby is a 6 year old Sato dog from Puerto Rico.

 


Jenney Grist Mill (Plymouth, MA)

Most people are aware of the more popular attractions in Plymouth, MA, such as Plymouth Rock and Plimoth Plantation.  But, there is another hidden jewel in Plymouth.

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Located only a few miles from Plymouth Rock, the Jenney Grist Mill is a replica of the mill which was originally located in the Plymouth Colony.

When I went to visit the foliage was still peaking in the area.

But the real gem of the grist mill area is the pond.

Ducks, swans and a furry friend inhabit the area.

 

 


Weir River Farm (Hingham, MA)

Last week, I posted about my visit to Whitney And Thayer Woods.  I wanted to break the post into two parts because it would have been too big to do as one post and there were quite a few photos I wanted to share.  So, without further ado, Weir River Farm…

As you emerge from the dense Whitney and Thayer Woods, you see a welcome scene: open space and scenic views.

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One of the more endearing features of Weir River Farm are the trees

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There was also a fancy rock formation.

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On a clear day, like the one from the day I visited, you can see Boston and other surrounding areas

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Holy Cow!  Weir River Farm had their cows grazing when I stopped by.

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I saw Hudson, a 6 year old Newfoundland at Weir River Farm

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and this cutie

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Happy Halloween (Salem, MA)

It’s official.  I’m a  Salemholic.  Today was my third visit to the Halloween Hub of America this October.  But, what better place to spend this crisp autumn Halloween?

I have never been so happy while at the same time being packed in one concentrated area.

The costumes ranged from the absurdly cute

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to the classics like witches

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The “Ghost Busters”

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Shrek

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The creature from Where The Wild Things Are

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The sharks and banana from the Katy Perry halftime Super Bowl show

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Edward Scissorhands (probably the costume of the day)

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Willy Wonka (with an Oompa Loompa and Violet Beauregard).  I guess Violet still hasn’t learned her lesson about eating the “three course meal gum.”

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Star Wars (I especially like how they mixed it up a bit and used Luke’s ty fighter costume rather than the robe you usually see him wear)
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Darth Vader was understandably upset that he just missed Luke and company

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Snape (I think he cursed me)

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Alice Cooper

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Jigsaw

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Jason (he brought his mommy with him, isn’t that sweet?)

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Or, is this the real Jason?

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and his buddy Freddy

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Snap, Crackle and Pop (in that order) took time from eating breakfast to pose

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Father Time didn’t look a day over infinity

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I found Waldo (actually quite a few Waldos).  He wasn’t that hard to find!

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The occult leader from the blockbuster hit, Eyes Wide Shut (or so I was told)

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I told this guy I was curious if I could take his photo.  He didn’t get the play on words but he was friendly nonetheless

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And, of course, a Halloween festival isn’t the same without Frankenstein

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One of the best things to see is when a family or couple or group of friends get dressed up together.  After all, the couple that haunts together stays together.  Or, something like that.

Some came dressed as familiar characters like Beetlejuice and Lydia (is she not a dead ringer for Winona?)

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and Ron Burgundy with Veronica Corningstone (he’s Kind of a big deal)

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Mario and crew

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The Joker (in crocs) and nurse

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Elliott, E.T. and Gertie

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Dorothy, Glinda “the Good Witch” and the “Wicked Witch”

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Alice in Wonderland

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Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf (I guess they patched things up)

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Fred, Wilma and Pebbles

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And some came dressed in these other creative costumes

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This guy was giving out free hugs

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Believe it or not, he actually had a few takers

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But, the dogs stole the show!  Whether in costume or not, they all looked great!

Dogald Trump was there

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Milo stood tall for his photo!

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Goliath is a gentle giant

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Named after the popular dish from New Orleans, Gumbo, a rescue from New Orleans, posed perfectly!

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Sam, the “zombie dog” was the cutest zombie in Salem.

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Zoe wished me a “Happy Halloween”!

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Lucy was the fairest of them all

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Due to the large crowds and the hectic atmosphere, I was unable to get the names of all the dogs from their moms and dads.  But, I did want to share their photos.

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A great day for everyone, 2 legged or 4 legged.  I will be posting a few more Salem blogs later this week mostly dealing with the memorials, statues and impressive architecture from the area and probably a few more dogs ( :  If I included all my photos from my trips in this blog it would have been even longer and I didn’t want to over do it.  Until next year, Salem!  Have a Happy and Spooky (well, not too spooky) Halloween!


Haunted Decorations (Salem, MA)

There’s something magical about Halloween.  It’s a time when adults can still pretend to be a kid again, even just for one night.  Even the most mature, sober person can forget their responsibilities and relive their carefree days just a little.

For the remainder of the week, I will be posting the remaining photos from my trips to Salem, MA.  In this edition, I am posting photos of the various decorations, some other miscellaneous things and, of course, a few dogs from my travels in Salem.

Salem is known world wide for getting into the spirit of Halloween.  Everywhere you look, there are decorations of the season.

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Besides the vendors selling merchandise there are also games and other fun types of activities.  This particular activity was meant to see if people could maintain eye contact with a complete stranger and possibly make a connection, even on just a platonic level.  It sounds like a good ice breaker to me.  The comments about the activity on the board are very interesting and humorous.

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Salem is also creative in how they tie the season to other causes like this witch who encourages people to keep Salem “wicked” clean.

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Even Witch’s Brew Cafe got into the mix.

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Other stores and attractions, many open only for the Halloween season, decorate for the season.

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Some stores have humorous names without even realizing it.  Of course, this is a name of a hole in a barrel that often contains alcohol.  But, it may have a double meaning..

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This is why Salem is so great.  The people even  get into it.  This resident decorated his or her residency and put out a can for donations for the Lion’s Club.

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This ghostly figure was seen in Salem harbor.

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Salem is also known for its art and not just during the Halloween season.  There is art everywhere it seems.  These paintings on Essex Street portray a mermaid and a fish-type creature.

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The dogs in Salem also get into the Halloween spirit.  It’s hard to tell from a front view but Astro had tarantulas drawn on his fur.

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Molly was quite the cute pumpkin.

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Oz was dressed as a Cadaver dog for Halloween.

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I will continue my Halloween in Salem themed photoblogs throughout the week.  Thank you for stopping by and Happy Halloween!

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Haunted Happenings (Salem, MA)

Since it is Halloween is imminent and Salem is so well known for its Halloween attractions, I will be posting a series of blogs from the Salem, Massachusetts, area from my recent visits.  If I took a photo of you or your dog and I haven’t posted it yet, I promise I will post it very soon. Also, I want to thank everyone (4 legged and 2 legged) and their folks who agreed to have their or their children’s photos taken. If you’re reading this, I greatly appreciate it.

Today’s blog features some of the sites, people and dogs of historic Salem.

There is something about Salem, or really any busy town or city, in the early morning hours.  There’s a certain serenity in the early morning hours, especially when you contrast it with the throngs that will soon descend upon the town. While the city is still sleeping and the roar of vehicles seems a distant memory, street vendors prepare for a busy day and other early risers take to the empty streets.  In a scant few hours, these city streets will be jammed.

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There were some other early  risers on the streets of Salem as well.  I ran into Quincy while I was roaming the empty streets.

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One of the things about Salem that attracts a lot of visitors, apart from the Halloween attractions, are the memorials and structures in the area.  This particular structure in the heart of downtown Salem is the East India Square Fountain.  In the warmer weather seasons, they often have water flowing in it.  Designed as an abstract map of Salem, the two levels represent the pre-Colonial and contemporary shorelines of Salem.

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A little farther down the road is the Revere Bell, a tribute to the citizens of Essex County which encompasses the most northeast section of Massachusetts, who have served in the armed services.

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There is also a pretty arch near the Revere Bell that with overgrown foliage.

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There were lots of people dressed up for the season

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I also saw Chica

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and Stanley during my visit

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More photos from Salem and the Salem area to come…