August 5, 2018 – Bump Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited the Bump Bridge in Campton, New Hampshire. The Bump Bridge was originally built in 1877, before being rebuilt in 1972. It crosses the Beebe River.

We had a short adventure to the Bump Bridge, after a busy weekend of adventures and fun. The Bridge provided one car traffic,and allowed minimal visibility to drivers. Therefore we took several jogs through the Bridge, but did not linger inside. We ambled down the road a bit, attempting to find a photograph from the River. Finally we were able to locate a trail to the River, which definitely was appreciated. Shadow sat in the water, while Wilma provided some good entertainment with a bark and growl at her adorable reflection. The Bridge was very simple, but yet we were excited to cross of yet another Bridge from our White Mountain adventures (Rating: 3).

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August 4, 2018 – Honeymoon Bridge – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I journeyed to the Honeymoon Bridge in Jackson, New Hampshire.   The Honeymoon Bridge is a wooden bridge that was built in 1876, (while the sidewalk was added at a later date).  It spans the Ellis River.  The Honeymoon Bridge obtained its’ name from the tradition of lovers kissing under the bridge, in hopes of bringing on good luck.

Shadow, Buster, My Mom, and I had visited this Bridge previously, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from that trip (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I had a very soggy adventure to the Honeymoon Bridge.  The rainy weather scared away most of the visitors which gave us the opportunity to explore without distractions.  We parked at the nearby gift shop, and walked over to the bridge.  Although I was glad to see the sidewalk on the Bridge, both Shadow and Wilma were a little thrown by the zooming of cars shaking the Bridge.  However, with some encouraging we all made it through.  After traversing the Bridge we posed on the opposite side, and attempted some additional photographs.  Shadow enjoyed some rolling around in the grass, and a quick nap, which always brings a smile to my face.  We enjoyed our visit to the Honeymoon Bridge, even on this dreary, rain filled day (Rating:  3).

 

August 3, 2018 – New Hampshire – Squam Bridge

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited the Squam Bridge in Ashland, New Hampshire.  The Squam Bridge was built in 1990, funded mostly by individuals, companies, and benefit events, while just partly funded by the town of Ashland.  The Bridge spans the Squam River as it flows from the Little Squam Lake.

We enjoyed our trip to the Squam Bridge on this hot and humid day.  This was my second time visiting the bridge as Shadow, Buster, my Mom, and I had visited one time previously.  The Bridge was located on a quiet road, allowing minimal traffic.  Upon arrival we parked in the adjacent parking lot, and sauntered over to, and across the Bridge.  We walked through the sidewalk on the side of the Bridge, always a picturesque feature.  After crossing the bridge we found a boat launch, perfect for a dog friendly swim, and some unique side-angle photography.  We spent some time relaxing in the area before heading back through the Bridge.  After finishing at the Bridge we wandered around the area, including checking out a nearby marina.  It was definitely a warm day, so we kept our visit short, before heading off to our next adventure (Rating:  3).

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October 2016

July 27, 2018 – New Hampshire – Blair Bridge

Today Shadow, Wilma and I visited the Blair Bridge in Campton, New Hampshire.  The Blair Bridge is a wooden bridge that crosses the Pemigewasset River.  It was originally built in 1829, but was damaged from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, and was closed until repairs were completed in 2015.  The bridge allows for vehicle traffic, with one vehicle permitted to cross at a time.

We had quite the picturesque visit to the Blair Bridge.  I believe we have stopped their in the past, but unfortunately I was not able to locate the photographs from previous trips (if I find them at a later date I will edit my blog with those additional photographs.).  The Blair Bridge is a long bridge, highlighted by rushing River water, and the gorgeous reflection below.  We immediately found a path to the shore, allowing us to look up at in awe at this magnificent structure.  The other side of a bridge has a restaurant, with available outdoor seating.  We strolled in front of the restaurant to check out the other side of the bridge.  It was a bit more difficult to go inside the bridge, due to traffic, however we were able to capture a couple shots.  Definitely one of my favorite New England covered bridges (Rating:  5).

July 20, 2018 – New Hampshire – Tannery Hill Covered Bridge

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I visited the Tannery Hill Covered Bridge in Gilford, New Hampshire.  This bridge crosses the Gunstock Brook.  It was constructed by Tim Andrews in 1995, is a lattice design, and spans approximately 42 feet in length.  The bridge connects the town hall with the rest of the town center.  The name comes from a tannery that once stood in the same area.  The bridge accommodates foot traffic only.

I immediately fell in love with this quaint, little bridge.  It was somewhat away from the busy sounds of traffic, and in a peaceful, shady location.  On arrival to the bridge the music of the babbling brook below could be heard, singing the sounds of peace.  There were some colorful flowers, nicely landscaped nearby.  We sauntered back and forth through the bridge several times.  Simple, charming and picturesque.  I found a funky, fun, little tree nearby, which was great to photograph as well.  We did not stay long as some fisherman soon joined us, but I definitely was quite fond of the Tannery Hill Covered Bridge (Rating:  5).

 

 

 

July 13, 2018 – New Hampshire – Smith Covered Bridge

Yesterday we visited the Smith Covered Bridge in Plymouth, New Hampshire.  This is a bridge we have been to several times before.  The Smith Bridge was built in 1850, but was destroyed by fire in 1993, and later rebuilt as a covered bridge.  It is a long truss bridge with added arches, and crosses the Baker River.

We had a nice visit to the Smith Covered Bridge.  The Bridge has a beach like area below, along the Baker River.  This allowed for some Shadow swimming, which is always great on a warm summer day.  Wilma mostly enjoyed chasing butterflies, which I find quite entertaining.  The water was not rushing, but we did see people arriving with inner tubes, likely for some River fun.  We walked around for a bit, and then sauntered across the bridge.  The bridge has a hallway-like area on one side, allowing pedestrian crossing.  I definitely appreciate this feature in a covered bridge, as I do not enjoy dodging cars.  Not a lot of color, or any landscaped features, but I still relished taking some photographs before we headed off to our next destination (Rating:  3).

 

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Winter 2018

Throwback Adventure – Stanley Park – August 2016

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday.  These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing.

In August 2016 Shadow, Buster, and I visited Stanley Park in Westfield, Massachusetts.  Sadly Buster has passed away since, but he definitely enjoyed his share of adventures.  He was an amazing boy, and will always be missed.  Stanley Park is a non-profit, privately owned park, that is approximately 300 acres in size.  It includes:  gardens, trails, playing fields, and a duck pond.  The park was established in 1945 by philanthropist Frank Stanley Beveridge.

We stopped at Stanley Park after a wonderful visit with family.  The park was beautifully landscaped, and highlights of our visit, included:  a variety of bridges, an old working mill, the duck-filled pond, an old rustic church, and even a live swan!  We enjoyed walking along the trails, and photographing the gorgeous scenery.  This was as stop that I planned, but did not do any detailed research, so we wandered around without a map.  However, I do think we found some of the highlights of this magnificent park (Rating:  4).