July 24 - 29, 2003 - Dear Joe,
When Chuck and I were in Vermont this past summer we did some covered bridging, lighthouse looking, and attended a wedding. We found most of the bridges in Vermont that we visited were in very good shape, and we enjoyed looking at them.
We also made a new covered bridge friend, a lady who lives in North Ferrisburgh. We have become good friends and have found we share a lot of the same interests besides bridging. We plan to visit Vermont sometime this summer, our new friends from North Ferrisburgh have invited us up for a weekend of bridging and lighthouse looking which should be fun.
Day 1, July 24, 2003 - We visited what the local folk call the "World's Smallest Bridge" in Cambridge, NY. It is a darling little bridge. We also visited the Buskirk Bridge also in Washington County, NY. It was closed to traffic but there were no signs saying that you couldn't walk across it, which we did.
Day 2, July 25, 2003 - After we went to the Old First Church at Bennington, VT we walked around the cemetery and found the grave site of Steven Foster and some of his family. We love to do things like that, love history. Then we went to see the 3 covered bridges there in Bennington before we headed towards Waterbury. Come to find out we had passed the 3 bridges the night before when we were coming into Bennington, but it was raining so hard that it was all we could do is see the road. After we got to Waterbury, and checking into the Old Stage Coach Inn where we spent 2 nights, we were off again to do some more bridging. We saw Emily's Bridge, and the Red Bridge.
Day 3, July 26, 2003 - We did no bridging this day, as we attended a wedding.
Day 4, July 27, 2003 -Our first stop was at the Spade Farm Bridge, we missed it at first it was raining so hard that we could hardly see road in front of us. We also visited the Sequin Bridge, it was darling, but the people drive crazy through it, also got hit a couple of times. The Quinlan Bridge we found to be in the worst shape of them all. People driving through the bridge seemed a lot more courteous. When we got into Burlington we went to see the bridge at the Shelburne Museum. I was somewhat disappointed that there was no buggies parked in the bridge, we were told there would be.
Day 5, July 28, 2003 - We drove down along the lake to see the Holmes Bridge (Lake Shore). Chuck and I found it so darling, maybe because of the way it sat down by the lake. The view across Lake Champlain was so beautiful looking in to New York State.
Day 6, July 29, 2003 -We went to see the Jay, NY covered bridge before starting for home. Chuck and I were saddened to see this beautiful old bridge just sitting along side the road, getting vandalized. Every time we would go up the Lake Placid area we would always make it a point to go over to visit this beautiful old bridge. We did some lighthouse looking on our way home, at the lighthouse at Crown Point, NY we got rained on again.
Happy Bridging and Happy Spring, if it ever gets here,
Chuck & Nancy Knapp