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).

Throwback Adventure – Mt. Orne Covered Bridge – New Hampshire

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 October 2017 Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Mt. Orne Covered Bridge in Lancaster, New Hampshire.  The Mt. Orne Covered Bridge is listed as located in Lancaster, New Hampshire, but connects Lancaster with Lunenburg, Vermont.  It was built in 1911 and crosses the Connecticut River.

We had a wonderful Adventure to the Mt. Orne Covered Bridge.  This was one of our Adventures on a Fall weekend getaway, the first Fall getaway for Wilma, yet what has become an annual tradition.  We ventured far North to discover this lovely Bridge, making sure to photograph the Bridge from various angles.  It was extremely long, and beautifully landscaped with natural features.  We sauntered around the field-like area surrounding the Bridge.  The Mt. Orne Bridge was definitely one of the more rural covered bridges we have discovered, away from the bustles of the word.  So glad we could take the trip to visit the Mt. Orne Covered Bridge (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated)

 

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Throwback Adventure – Coburn 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 February 2019 Shadow and I Adventured to the Coburn Covered Bridge in Montpelier, Vermont.  The Coburn Covered Bridge was built in 1851 and crosses the Winooski River.  It is the only bridge in Montpelier.

We had a brown Adventure to the Coburn Covered Bridge.  The Bridge was one of our many stops on the way to our main destination.  Absolutely nothing about this Bridge was memorable, although I guess it is generally not fair to judge anything in the winter of New England.  The landscape was dry, the Bridge cracking, and the River still.  On a good note it was nice to find a bridge away from the business of a neighborhood, in a quiet country location.  We were still glad we could to visit the Coburn Covered Bridge (Throwback Adventures will not always be rated).

 

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October 20, 2019 – Red Covered Bridge – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

This past weekend Shadow, Wilma, My Mom, and I Adventured to the Red Covered Bridge in Morristown, Vermont.  The Red Covered Bridge was built in 1896 and crosses the Sterling Brook.  It is approximately 64 feet in length, and is located in a rural section of town.

We had a lovely visit to the Red Covered Bridge.  I was so excited to find a “Red” Bridge although little did I know there would be two red colored bridges on our adventures.  I had located this bridge on our tourist map, and although the map was not quite as detailed as I would have hoped, we still were able to locate this bridge.  We discovered the Red Covered Bridge on a quiet dirt road, away from the hustle and bustle of town.  As expected it was bright red in color, and crossed high above a gorge, encompassing the Sterling Brook River.  We romped around for a bit making sure to view each perspective.  The surrounding landscaping was a bit dull, although there were some autumnal orange foliage nearby.  We were so glad to visit the official Red Covered Bridge (Rating:  4)

 

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)

 

 

 

 

 

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 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)

 

Weekly Video/Photo

If you regularly follow my blog, and the weekly/video photo I would recommend skipping on to paragraph three, specific to this week’s video/photo.  I have decided to add a weekly video/photo section to my blog.  This blog will display a video or photo, usually highlighting an Adventure, while I might also sneak in some that are humorous, adorable, or just other fun dog moments.

So if you have followed my blog from the beginning you will know that I adopted Shadow as a puppy, and about a year later adopted Buster as a puppy.  We had many wonderful years together before experiencing the devastating loss of Buster at just seven.  It took a long time for our hearts to heal, but almost a year later we welcomed little Wilma into our world.

Today’s feature is a photograph of Buster and Shadow at Stanley Park, in Westfield Massachusetts.  I love this photo of them standing synchronized in front of the covered bridge!  We were quite impressed by the lovely Stanley Park, and had a wonderful visit.  This photograph brings back lots of great memories of our Adventures with Shadow and Buster.  We sure do miss our Buster!

If you want to read more about Stanley Park please search for Stanley Park in the “search box” for more information on this Adventure.  (On a mobile phone you can find this at the very bottom of the page, and on the computer you can find it to the right of the blog.)

Enjoy!

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