August 19, 2019 – Durgin Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Durgin Covered Bridge in Sandwich, New Hampshire.  The Durgin Covered Bridge traverses the Cold River.  It was built in 1869 and is one of the few surviving 19th century covered bridges in New Hampshire.

We had a short Adventure to the Durgin Covered Bridge, on a day of numerous Adventures.  Upon arrival to the Durgin Bridge we spotted a not so friendly dog down the street, and although on leash, the owner appeared to be struggling to maintain control.  I therefore felt a bit uneasy about this location, and we did not stay as long as I would have otherwise.

My initial plan was to head to the River to see the Bridge from below.  It was not incredibly easy to arrive at the water’s edge but we managed to stumble down an overgrown path to reach this goal.  As per my usual, unusual (haha), I decided to wade through the water with the pups, a nice cool down on this warm day.  The rocks were round and colorful, adding lovely shades to the clear flowing River.  Shadow took a minute to lay down, while Wilma quickly found a rock to pose on.  The Bridge was beautiful and scenic.  It was challenging to get a full panoramic view, a little cloudy, and in addition to my worries of the unfriendly, furry neighbor my photos were far from representative of this lovely spot.  However it really was a pretty Bridge.  So glad we could Adventure to the Durgin Covered Bridge today (Rating:  4).

 

 

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August 4, 2019 – Rowell Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

Today Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Rowell Covered Bridge in Hopkington, New Hampshire. The Rowell Covered Bridge was built in 1953 and crosses the Contoocook River. It is a one-car traffic bridge.

We had a gorgeous Adventure to the Rowell Covered Bridge. After taking a long local walk I figured it was the perfect day to visit a new covered bridge. I had researched the bridge and noted it was listed at “1433 Maple Street”, however that was not the address that it was located. We drove past the address (coming from Route 89) for a minute or two and were glad to find the bridge on the right. There was steady traffic, cars zooming through the bridge, so we decided not to walk through the bridge, but instead take some time on each side to explore.

We began exploring the near side, noting a young boy and his father fishing on the opposite. It took some determination to find a path down to the River. The “path” was quite overgrown, however landed us in our desired destination. Shadow especially was thrilled to spot the River, and was immediately in the water. He was soon laying peaceful in the River, the water rippling around him. It a tranquil site, and besides for cars bumping along the bridge, incredibly serene. We attempted to stroll along the limited shore, but I soon decided to walk right into the River, much easier then the balance, and dodging of greenery. I sat on the shore for a bit while we relaxed. The water was quite picturesque, and felt just right. Wilma’s silly self enjoyed eating grass, posing on the rocks, chasing dragon flies, and she actually went in the water a bit to wade. Shadow mostly stayed in the water, relaxing peacefully. After spending awhile on this side of the River we decided to again drive through the bridge and check out the far side.

I was pleased to see the shoreline had become empty, so we therefore ventured down this much steeper slope. There was more of a sandy shore, lots of rocks to perch on, and an increased shoreline to appreciate. The view was similar, but the footing much more accommodating. My guess is that this bridge is more popular for locals, fishing, and not necessarily as known as others. The Rowell Covered Bridge was definitely one of my favorite covered bridges. If you are a Covered Bridge lover I would encourage you visit this lovely spot. A peaceful afternoon at the Rowell Covered Bridge (Rating: 4.5)

 

 

 

 

 

Other Tidbits, Fun, and News

I have decided to add a tab/menu section of my blog specifically for Covered Bridges. If you follow my blog you are well aware that I am a fan of visiting covered bridges with my two best, buds, Shadow and Wilma. I still have many Throwback Adventures to write about, and I am sure we will Adventure to many more covered bridges in the future. Since we have had many current Adventures I thought it was a good time to add this feature. I believe there is one bridge from New York, but generally they will be from our New England Adventures. As I assembled this collection it made me smile seeing our Buster enjoy many of these Adventures. We sure do miss him!

Here are just a few of my many favorites. Hope you too can enjoy some Adventures to these special New England landmarks!

July 29, 2019 – Kingsbury Covered Bridge/Hyde Covered Bridge – Vermont

I am a little behind on my blog from our daytrip to Vermont this past Monday.  However, I still wanted to share, so here is another one of our Adventures.

On Monday Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Kingsbury Covered Bridge in Randolph, Vermont, also referred to is the Hyde Covered Bridge.  The Bridge was built in 1904.  It is a wooden bridge that traverses the White River.

We had a pungent Adventure to the Kingsbury/Hyde Covered Bridge.  Immediately upon arrival we noted a horrid stench, fecal matter scattered throughout the bridge and immediately proceeding it.  We therefore did not venture too close, or across, as we prefer on our “normal” covered bridge Adventures.  We viewed the River from the side, noting it was almost completely dry.  There were pretty wildflowers throughout, as well as a tree framing the front.  The sky was dramatic, changing rapidly during our visit.  To the right side there was a farm, with lovely pink flowers adding to the picturesque scene.  When avoiding looking down, and breathing, it was quite a lovely scene (haha).  Even through it all I could not be happier in visiting yet another historic covered Bridge, it will always be a memorable one, that is for sure (Rating:  3).

 

 

July 29, 2019 – Thetfield Center Covered Bridge and the Covered Bridge Falls/Thetfield Center Falls – Vermont

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Thetfield Center Covered Bridge, and the Covered Bridge Falls in Thetfield Center, Vermont.  The Thetfield Center Covered Bridge crosses the  Ompompanoosuc River.  It frames the Covered Bridge Falls, also referred to as the Thetfield Center Falls.  The Falls is a cascade falls approximately twenty five feet in height.

We had a picturesque Adventure to the Thetfield Center Covered Bridge.  The Bridge and Falls were the first stop on our day of Adventures in Vermont.  We parked along the bridge and hopped out to take some photographs.  It was challenging to get good views of the bridge , quite simple, and somewhat dull in appearance.  However we sauntered to the other side and back, attempting to peer down the River.  As we were finishing our visit, someone driving through told us about a side trail to enable water views of the bridge.  I was quite thrilled at this information.  We jumped in the car and drove enthusiastically past the River and down to the left where we found a parking area for a “trailhead” and located the path to the River.

The trail was short with some uneven spots.  We soon arrived at the rocks, and were pleasantly surprised at a completely different perspective.  The Thetfield Center Falls flowed below the Bridge into the Ompompanoosuc River.  It was a a lovely picture, rusty colored bridge, blue sky, and rushing water.  Shadow immediately located a pool of water for a dip, while I jumped around the rocks with Wilma, heading a bit closer for a close-up.  The rocks were quite slippery, but somehow I managed to catch myself before almost crashing on several occasions.  It was astonishing to see this location was actually the same bridge.  We spent time photographing, and appreciating the moments.  I think the Thetfield Center Bridge (side-view) was one of my favorite bridges.  So thankful for a kind stranger to give us this tip (Rating:  4.5).

 

July 1, 2019 – Ware – Hardwick Covered Bridge – Massachusetts

Today Shadow, Wilma, My Mom and I Adventured to the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge in Gilbertville, Massachusetts.  The Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge was built in the 1800s.  It spans the Ware River, and is one of the few original covered bridges in the state.

We had a fun Adventure to the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge.  We had just finished a walk at Dunn State Park in Gardener Massachusetts.  Dunn State Park is a small, and simple park yet quite pretty.  I decided not to blog about Dunn State Park today as I have done so previously, however you can read this blog at:  https://wp.me/p9RZ48-1s6, or by typing it directly into the search box.   (This is my first attempt at linking a direct website to an individual blog so bear with me if it is not successful on this first try.)

We arrived at the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge to find parking a bit limited so my Mom and I took turns walking through and along the Bridge.  We were also able to wander down to the waters edge to take some photographs and enjoy the sounds of the rushing River. The Bridge was especially lovely from the side with a colorful wood grained panel framing the top of the lattice windows.  The red front did not appear to match the style of the side, however added some bright color to the structure.  We sauntered back and forth, pleased to see minimal vehicle traffic and no other visitors.  A short but nice visit to the Ware-Hardwick Covered Bridge today (Rating:  3)

 

Throwback Adventure – West Dummerston Covered Bridge – Vermont

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. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

In August 2017 Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the West Dummerston Covered Bridge in Dummerston, Vermont.  The West Dummerston Covered Bridge was built in 1872, later being restored in 1998.  It spans the West River and is the longest covered bridge in Vermont.

We had a fantastic Adventure to the West Dummerston Covered Bridge.  Wilma had joined our lives just a month previous to this trip, and it was her first day exploring Vermont.  We enjoyed the beach area below his scenic bridge, resting, digging, posing, and relaxing.  Apparently I was more interested in taking selfies versus photographs of scenery, but you still get a picture of the West Dummerston Covered Bridge.  Pleased to enjoy this location to ourselves we took our time taking in a lovely New England Bridge.