July 3, 2020 – Ashuelot Rail Trail (Keene) – New Hampshire

Today Wilma and I Adventured to the Ashuelot Rail Trail in Keene, New Hampshire.  The Asheulot Rail Trail is a 21 mile long Trail that starts in Keene and ends in Winchester.  The Trail passes through several covered bridges, old mills, and scenic towns.  The Ashuelot Rail Trail is popular for walking, biking, and snowmobiling.

We had a humid Adventure to the Ashuelot Rail Trail.  We began at the very beginning of this Trail in Keene, New Hampshire.  It took us a little time to locate it but eventually found it across from the Center at Keene parking lot on Emerald Street.  We began our walk, eager to explore another Rail Trail.

As expected, I found the Rail Trail somewhat dull and appealing.  It ran past some industrial buildings, parts of Keene College and then became a little farther away from the town.  The trail varied from paved to dirt, and had guests including:  bikers, walkers, and dog runners.  Along the way we found several bridges, lots of beautiful wildflowers, and plenty of squirrels and chipmunks to chase.  We spent about an hour walking, and searching for little details to appreciate.  We will have to come back another time to explore a different portion of the Ashuelot Rail Trail (Rating:  Trail will not be rated as only a small portion of the 21 miles was covered on this walk).

December 7, 2019 – Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge/Cresson Bridge – New Hampshire

Yesterday Shadow, Wilma, and I Adventured to the Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge, also known as the Cresson Bridge.  The Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge is located in Swanzey, New Hampshire and crosses the Ashuelot River.  It was originally built in 1771, and later rebuilt in 1859.  It is one of the bridges located on the Ashuelot Rail Trail.

We had a deja-vu type of Adventure to the Sawyer’s Crossing Covered Bridge.  In researching several covered bridges I had noted that there were several in Swanzey, all bright red in color.  The Sawyer’s Crossing Covered bridge was one of the two I chose to explore.  We arrived, again pleased to see the parking lot was plowed, the location covered with fresh snow.  We dove over the plowed bank, and wandered over to the bridge to snap some photographs, and yes some more practice for our Christmas card.  The River was still at this location, and the bridge smooth, versus the lattice style of the Denman Thompson Bridge.  We walked along the shore, again cautious to get too close and end up over the snow covered edge.  The bridge was located in a quiet residential area, and was quite scenic.  We walked up to the sign near the front of the bridge, but traffic was observed to be too dangerous to attempt a walk through the bridge.  There were some snow covered picnic benches nearby.  It was a short but pleasant visit to the Sawyer’s Covered Bridge.  I recall few snow covered Adventures to covered bridges, and our Adventures to these two lovely bridges definitely did not disappoint (Rating:  4).