I love the days that Jon gets off from work. Sometimes they are unexpected mishaps due to some odd emergency, but the majority of them are scheduled days off for the holidays, for example, yesterday. Quite a few people get Memorial day off and spend the three day weekend by enjoying the new found sun, camping or going to the beach. Although my husband and I didn’t do a lot the entire weekend, we did decide to do something yesterday.
At 1am the night before I made a plan of attack. We were going to do a driving tour through Vermont and check out some of the covered bridges. I made a list of every cover bridge going North that we would want to see, jotted down the location, and handed it to my husband. He placed all the locations on Google and Waze map systems so we had an easier time finding them, rather than getting lost. Although, getting lost would’ve been fun too. We left the house at about 10 am and didn’t get home till around 9pm. It was a long, but beautiful drive.There is just something about covered bridges. At first I wonder why they made them covered in the first place. Was it for a reason or for aesthetic purposes? Then my thoughts are drawn to the amount of history that has happened in and around these bridges. The timeline of vehicles from the 1870′s and on (oldest bridge we saw was built in 1868), along with the many events that happened at the time the bridge was built. What about the people who built it? Who were they? Did they enjoy their job? What was it like for them? So many questions and not enough answers, yet that is what makes them so amazing, because you don’t know the answers! If you knew the answers to everything, wouldn’t that take the awe out of the object?
Anyway, one of my favorites we saw yesterday was built in 1870and moved to where it is today. That’s right, it’s not in its original location and neither is the one room school house next to it. The burnt wood look gave the bridge so much character. The school house had the same look to the wood but was built to make it look like stone.
My second favorite was the Kissing Bridge. That’s right, there is a kissing bridge which my husband and I did kiss underneath. I will spare the PDA and not place the picture on here. The neat thing about this bridge is that they built this really neat Country store next to it. They had some unique hand made items, fresh fudge, and amazing Vermont Cheeses! In the dinning/grocery section you got to try all the local dips and even cheese cake mixes. We picked up a pumpkin pie cheesecake mix, which I will probably make sometime this summer. The other thing I really like about it is that on the bridge they actually had a written history of the bridge, which answered some of my questions.
All of the bridges are quite beautiful and I plan on using some of the photos I got to put on handmade note cards, but what I loved the most was just spending time with my husband. Even if we didn’t have sights to see, the drive with him would be perfect, and it was. It is another thing I can jot down as a memory that him and I share.
As for the rest of you, I hope your weekend was wonderful and that you can make some memories of your own.
Green River Bridge – 1870
Near Green River Bridge
Creamery Bridge – 1879
Looking through Creamery Bridge
West Dummerston Bridge – 1872
Longest working covered bridge in Vermont!
Scott Bridge – 1870
Longest non working covered bridge in Vermont.
Hall Bridge – 1982!! THE SAME YEAR I WAS BORN! One of the youngest bridges!
River flowing under Hall Bridge
Victorian Village Bridge – 1967
Also known as the Kissing Bridge
History on the Kissing Bridge.
Worrall Bridge – 1868
Bartsonville Bridge – Originally built in 1870, was damaged by Hurricane Irene in 2011, repaired in 2013
Baltimore Bridge – 1870
School house Near Baltimore Bridge