Throwback Adventure – Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge – Massachusetts

I believe today is the first week in just over two years of the blog that I forgot to post by Thursday Throwback blog! I was so disappointed in myself but after a busy week with lots on my mind that is the truth. So cheers to my first Throwback Friday blog (haha!) Here it is…

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

The Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge, also referred to as the Old Covered Bridge is located in Sheffield, Massachusetts. It was originally built between 1832-1854 but later reconstructed in 1999 after a fire destroyed it in 1994. The Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge for pedestrians only and traverses the Housatonic River.

In May 2017 Shadow and I Adventured to the Upper Sheffield Covered Bridge on a full day of memorable Adventures. I loved the unusual blue color of the bridge, and it was fun to explore it while walking slowly through. It is amazing to see how many photos I used to take versus now as I was only able to locate two these photographs. Shadow looks so unenthusiastic in this snapshot but I can promise you he had a wonderful day! I look forward to returning in the future and taking endless photographs of this lovely bridge (Rating: Throwback Ratings will not always be rated)

August 19, 2020 – Albany Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Albany Covered Bridge in Albany, New Hampshire.  The Albany Covered Bridge was built in 1858 and traverses the Swift River.  The Albany Covered Bridge is open for one-way traffic, however closes in winter months.  The Albany Covered Bridge is just off the Kancamagus Highway and has a large parking lot for visitors.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to the Albany Covered Bridge.  I had been to this Bridge with Shadow, Buster, and My Mom but I could not locate photographs of Shadow and Buster at this site, so will utilize today’s photographs for the blog.  I have fond memories of our first visit, and this second visit did not disappoint!  We arrived to find the parking lot empty!  We found some trails near the parking lot and wandered around, soon arriving at the River’s shore.  The River had endless round rocks, and the bridge just long and spectacular.  We made sure to check out all angles, a nearby trail, and even a cliff-like area at the back of the bridge.  There was minimal traffic and a small area to walk on the side so we were able to trot through and appreciate the views down the River.  It was so peaceful, quiet, and beautiful!  This might just be the most gorgeous covered bridge I have seen.  If you are a covered bridge fan make sure you visit the Albany Covered Bridge.  So glad we could Adventure to the Albany Covered Bridge today (Rating:  5).

August 14, 2020 – Dalton Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Dalton Covered Bridge in Warner, New Hampshire.  The Bridge is also referred to as the Joppa Road Bridge.  The Dalton Covered Bridge was built in 1853 and rebuilt in the 1960s.  It crosses the Warner River.

We had a fun Adventure to the Dalton Covered Bridge.  Although the bridge is found right off of Main Street, it is on a quiet, side road.  I first drove through the bridge to take some shots before returning to the opposite side to the parking location.  I was pleased to find an area to snap some photographs from the side angle.  We took our time, and then headed to the front of the bridge for some photographs.  As per usual I did not attempt to walk through the bridge as it was open to one way traffic.  However  I was pleased to find minimal traffic, and to locate this peaceful spot.  The River water looked quite still, so we did not attempt to get too close, unclear of the levels, and purity.  Interestingly I found the Dalton Covered Bridge to look quite similar to the nearby Waterloo Covered Bridge.  So glad to discover the Dalton Covered Bridge today (Rating:  3.5)

Throwback Adventure – Mechanic Street Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

I have decided to return to posting new “Throwback Adventures” after taking time to re-post some of my favorites with Shadow.  This has been a therapeutic process for me to share.  We are devastated that both Shadow and Buster have both passed, but find peace knowing we can continue to remember them through our “Throwback Adventures”.  They were amazing boys and are forever in our hearts.

In October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Mechanic Street Covered Bridge in Lancaster, New Hampshire.  The Mechanic Street Covered Bridge was built in 1862 and traverses the Israels River.  This Bridge is also sometimes referred to as the Israels River Bridge.

We had a lovely Adventure to the Mechanic Street Covered Bridge.  The Mechanic Street Covered Bridge is one of those interesting structures were from the front and back it looks quite modern, while from the side it appears more rustic.  I especially enjoyed the side view as I love a covered bridge that appears more wood in frame.  We were happy that we could climb down to the River and see the bridge from this angle.  Shadow and Wilma enjoyed exploring, drinking from the River, and climbing across the rocks.  It really is a pretty bridge.  So glad we could Adventure to the Mechanic Street Covered Bridge (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

May 16, 2020 – Keniston Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Keniston Covered Bridge in Andover, New Hampshire.  Keniston Bridge was built in 1882 and crosses the Blackwater River.

We had a simple Adventure to the Keniston Covered Bridge. I was not planning on visiting two covered bridges today but we drove right by the sign (#15 I believe) and I could not resist. I photographed the bridge on one side before driving through and we then both got out to explore. Although the area was very quiet, I am usually very hesitant to walk through bridges open to car traffic as often you, as a pedestrian, can end up in a blind spot. So therefore we did not walk all the way through but sauntered around.  We were pleased again to find a little trail down to the River’s edge. The bridge was quite dull, and unappealing. Nearby the bridge there was what appeared to be a leftover metal bridge frame, a surprise aspect of this location.  Wilma made me laugh late as I peaked at her “posed” photos – she just about closed her eyes in all of them!  Not a very scenic stop, however, always good to cross another covered bridge off our list today (Rating: 3).

July 22, 2020 – Cilleyville Covered Bridge/Bog Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Cilleyville Covered Bridge in Andover, New Hampshire. The Cilleyville Covered Bridge is also referred to as the Bog Bridge. The Cilleyville Covered Bridge was built in 1887 and traverses the Pleasant Brook. It is a pedestrian-only bridge.

We had a fun Adventure to the Cilleyville Covered Bridge. We located the bridge between Johnson Street and Main Street. We hopped out and headed over to this pedestrian-only bridge. The bridge was in an overgrown setting, but the bridge itself appeared well maintained. We crossed through the bridge and found a picnic table in the middle, a nice added feature, although it was quite dark underneath. I peaked out the windows as we crossed finding the Brook quite unappealing. We found a little spot to head down to the edge of the Brook and see the bridge from below. Wilma found a rock to climb, quite curious of this new location. From there we headed back to take some photographs from the opposite side. Wilma was not inspired to pose, too interested in her surroundings, however still looked quite adorable sitting in front. One interesting attribute about the bridge was that the front and back of the bridge were actually different colors, almost like we were at two separate locations. So glad we could visit yet another covered bridge with the Cilleyville Bridge today (Rating: 3.5).

July 10, 2020 – Pepperell Covered Bridge – Massachusetts

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Pepperell Covered Bridge in Pepperell, Massachusetts.  The Pepperell Covered Bridge traverses the Nashua River.  It was originally built in 1818 but has been rebuilt three times, most recently in 2010.  The Bridge has access for vehicles, and pedestrians.

We had a local Adventure to the Pepperell Covered Bridge.  I had been there once before with Shadow and Buster but do not believe I took any photographs.  We found the small parking area indicated for the Nashua River Access Area, and parked near the bridge.  There was a small walkway with some information kiosks and memorials.  We visited these features before trotting over to the bridge.  The bridge was somewhat dull in color, as was the hazy sky.  I posed Wilma, who smiled grandly before heading over the pedestrian walkway.  Wilma was obsessed with looking out the bridge, down the stream, very focused and curious.  I am guessing she was able to see, or smell the nearby farm animals.  We walked through the bridge and to the other side.  There was a loose dog running around so we just snapped one quick photograph before heading back.

After exploring the Pepperell Covered Bridge from above we headed over to a short and steep trail down to the side of the Bridge to see the side.  Seeing the simple front, I was surprised to find a more scenic bridge, with lattice-like style.  Wilma enjoyed a couple sips from the water before we headed back to the car.  I was quite disappointed to see a great amount of glass on this path, but was grateful that we did not have any incidents.

So glad we could Adventure to the Pepperell Covered Bridge today (Rating:  3.5).

July 3, 2020 – Carlton Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Carlton Covered Bridge in Swanzey, New Hampshire.  The Carlton Covered bridge is a wooden bridge that crosses the Ashuelot River.  The Carlton Bridge was built in 1789.

We had a hazy Adventure to the Carlton Covered Bridge.  I was pleased to find this bridge away from homes, and in more of a country setting then many.  We hopped out of the car and took some photographs, and the drove across to take photographs from the other side.  Although it was a quiet area, it still seemed a little unsafe to walk through, especially with a little Wilma in tow!  The bridge was surrounded by fields, creating a lovely scene.  We were able to locate one spot to go under the bridge, and found a little sandy area.  The water did not seem too clean so I decided to spend minimal time near the shore.  It was so nice to find a peaceful bridge on our last Adventure of the day (Rating:  3.5)

 

June 7, 2020 – Bissell Bridge – Massachusetts

Yesterday Wilma and I Adventured to the Bissell Covered Bridge in Charlemont, Massachusetts.  The Bridge crosses the Mill Brook.  It was built in the 1800’s and most recently rebuilt in 1995.  There is a wooden viewing area near the Bridge.

We had a peaceful Adventure to the Bissell Covered Bridge.  We found the Bridge in a quiet area, but yet quickly noted the high speed of the cars speeding through.  Therefore we did not walk through the bridge, but yet made sure to explore on each side.  The bridge was a natural wooden color, and was modern in style.  One thing that was unique about this bridge was that there was a wooden viewing area adjacent to the bridge, and overlooking the River and dam.  It was a fun feature that we have only seen at several other bridges.

It was challenging to photograph the entire bridge due to the angles and access to the River’s edge, however I captured it in parts.  For some reason today’s visit made me wonder what Wilma was thinking – I was excited to be at the Bridge and stretch our legs, while did she think we never arrived anywhere due to the brief journey outside of the car??  The strange things that I think about (haha)!  So glad we could visit yet another Covered Bridge today (Rating:  4).

 

May 23, 2020 – Ashuelot Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Ashuelot Covered Bridge in Winchester, New Hampshire.  The Ashuelot Covered Bridge is a wooden bridge that traverses the Ashuelot River.  It was built in 1864 and later renovated in 1999.

We had a fun Adventure to the Ashuelot Covered Bridge.  I remember stopping once when driving by this Bridge to take a photograph but this is the first time we have gotten out to explore.  I was excited to investigate this unique bridge.  We found a spot to park, and hopped out to wander around.  There was a group of teenagers under the bridge so we decided not to go beneath.  We took some photograph from above and then crossed the bridge.  It was nice to find a pedestrian pathway on both sides of the bridge, quite unusual.  We took our time walking through both sides, peering out  down the River.  The bridge was quite loud when cars passed causing us both to jump on several occasions.  I took photographs on both sides to capture the full picture.  We then walked down past the bridge to find a little area on the water’s edge to photograph the bridge from the side.  It was nice to find a bridge with such unique color, and character.  Before we left Wilma enjoyed some rolls to celebrate the Adventure.  These rolls made me smile, remembering sweet Shadow. So glad we could Adventure to the Ashuelot Covered Bridge today (Rating:  4).