Sometimes it can be really fun to be a tourist. I spent four days in the “Green Mountain State”, Vermont.
After I saw my first covered bridge in New Hampshire I decided it would be fun to drive my Roadtrek through covered bridges. The first thing I made sure I had firmly planted in my brain was the height of my cutie with the air conditioner included (9 feet, 7 inches-rounding it up to 10 feet, just to be safe).
With my assistant and friend, Diane, we went patrolling for bridges. Diane was kind enough to get out of the RV and run through them to the other side to take my pic. It was a lot of fun and I saw beautiful bridges. Some of them were new due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene two years ago. An example of this is the photo of the Quechee Bridge.
if you really take a look at these bridges you will find that no two are alike. Some were designed and built by architects but most were built by local craftsmen. Although everyone is pretty sure that they were covered due to inclement weather no one is 100% positive. It makes sense to me. There is a lot of “weather” in this part of the US. Some are long, some are short and all of them are pretty.
The Cornish-Windsor bridge is the second longest covered bridge in New England. The first obstacle on this one was the railroad bridge on approach. Diane had to run to the other side to make sure I could fit. Success! When we got to the bridge it said that it's height was 9′ 3″. Oh no. Diane ran ahead and waved me through. So a lesson learned is that what they say on those signs is not always accurate. I can tell you not to do this bridge during rush hour. There a lot of cars that commute on this bridge. No photos of the RT but a beautiful picture of the bridge.
What about the loons and kayaking, you may be asking? I spent three days with my friends, Diane and Tom in Quechee. Thankfully the weather was beautiful and they had three kayaks. Off we went to explore the lakes of NH and VT. I love to kayak. Since Jim died I have not been able to figure out how to get my kayaks on the roof of the car. After Laura's post I am going to be measuring the length of the Roadtrek.
So here is what I have found out about loons. They do not mate for life. Coming back to the same lake every year is more important than mating for life. The red eyes help them see under water. They can dive as deep as 200 feet. It has hard to tell the male and female apart and they both take care of the young. Only the males yodel. And that is your lesson on loons today. I think they are a beautiful bird. Being close to them, on the water, was a privilege.
Today I am in New York State on Lake Ontario. I am beginning the drive west. I have met up with another Roadtreker and she is showing me the sites. Thank you Pauline.