Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I visited Thorne Pond in Bartlett, New Hampshire. Thorne Pond is a conservation trail, approximately one mile in the length. The trail circles the Pond, however, has side trails that lead to the Saco River.
We were excited to find Thorne Pond, as although I was not planning a visit on this particular day, we could not resist a new adventure. Thorne Pond is a simple trail, adorned with beautiful wild flowers, and mountain views. We began following the trail, locating paths down to the Pond along trail. I was ecstatic to find some hidden trails on the far side of the pond that led over to the Saco River. Although I guess not technically hidden, I did not realize that River views would also be included in this summer day adventure. We journeyed down the River edge for a bit before turning around and heading back to the Pond. We saw some other visitors, including some fishermen along the River’s edge, however did not find the location to be highly populated. We left feeling content, and relaxed from our time at Thorne Pond (Rating: 3).
Yesterday we visited the Bartlett Covered Bridge in Bartlett, New Hampshire. The Bridge was built in 1790, and spans the Saco River. The Bartlett Covered Bridge is now part of the Covered Bridge Inn, and has been converted into a gift shop.
We had a pleasant visit to the Bartlett Covered Bridge. Upon arrival we wandered onto the bridge, which was covered with gift shop materials. We turned around when coming to the official gift shop door. It was difficult to get a photograph of the bridge, however we were lucky to find a gift shop employee who gave us permission to go down to the shoreline to snap some photographs. The footing was difficult, but I was able to capture the adventure on film, while still remaining on my feet. Shadow enjoyed a quick dip in the River, while Wilma found a tasty root to chew on. The Bridge is very touristy, therefore seeming to loose some genuine characteristics, however the view from the shore was absolutely beautiful. The Bridge was bright red in color, with the voice of the singing River below. It was quite charming and picturesque. Glad we were able to see this angle of the bridge, providing a whole other experience (Rating: Side view: 4).