Dog Tales

The Perfect Fall Weekend

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We haven’t had much of a fall season the past few years. Burning hot Septembers went straight into freakish October snow flurries and then the rain went straight through until winter. This year, we had the full effect: perfect crisp weather,…

A Furry Five Years

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Five years ago, I had no idea my life was about to change. Then, this little fur ball came barreling straight into it with his head up and his tail wagging. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Today, Seamus is five. On…

Bear Mountain Hike

Bear Mountain Moonscape

On Saturday, I brought my little bear up to Bear Mountain. If you ask ten people what they do at Bear Mountain, you’ll get ten different answers. It seems to have a little bit of everything: beaches, a bird sanctuary,…

Ups and Downs at the Jersey Shore

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The Jersey Shore wants you to know that it’s open this summer. I know this because I’ve received dozens of press releases saying so. I’ve also been to some press conferences where the people in charge have just shouted that…

Summer in Review

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In the history of time, has there ever been a person who complained that summer is just too long? “We really need to shorten these warm months. There’s just too much opportunity for the beach and the pool. The weather’s…

Dog Friendly Hikes in Acadia

Us on the Jesup Path Acadia

As we’ve discussed many times, Seamus loves to travel. And also as we’ve discussed, he really doesn’t care for prolonged exercise. It’s not that he doesn’t try, it’s just that the world is a much larger place when your four little…

The Beaches of Acadia National Park

Sand Beach, Acadia National Park

If I showed you this photo out of context, where would you assume it was? Probably not Maine, right? I was surprised to see how many beaches were in Acadia National Park. Well, officially there’s only one: Sand Beach. (That…

Bar Harbor, Maine

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  There’s one simple reason Bar Harbor has been an artistic haven for landscape painters and writers from the Hudson Valley School since the 1800s: it’s pretty. Making the trek back then was no small feat, and to be honest…

East and West Mystic

Stonington Harbor

While there’s enough to see around Mystic to keep you busy for a weekend, East Mystic and West Mystic deserve some attention, too. Mystic is divided into Stonington (east of the Mystic River) and Groton (west of the Mystic River). …

Mystic, Connecticut

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Every now and then, a destination keeps resurfacing in my life. Such was the case with Mystic, Connecticut. My Netflix account recommended Mystic Pizza in every genre. I kept getting assignments about New England. An amazing photo taken by my…