Local Covered Bridge Chasing
09/11/2016 - 09/11/2016 75 °F
Hey blog readers!
The countdown to our next adventure is on! In October, we'll be checking out everything (we wish) that the New England states have to offer. We have three weeks planned out that start and end in Boston. We hope you enjoy traveling along with us! We'll be visiting Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Don't worry, we didn't forget or ignore Maine! We plan to visit that state on its own since it's so big and has so much to explore!
I need to remind myself how this blog works to get ready for next month, so I decided to post about what we did today and include pictures. I also wanted to write a post to remind all of you that our blog is password protected while we're traveling. We changed our password to be inspired by the upcoming trip, where we hope to consume lots of awesome chowdah! Just before we leave, the password "chowdah" will be set up, and it will be required to view. Don't forget it! : )
Now for today's adventures...
This morning, Jeremy was reading a local travel magazine published by the Washington County Convention and Visitor's Bureau (yes, sometimes it's a good idea to pretend you're a visitor in your own neck of the woods!). In the magazine, there was a picture of a local covered bridge called the Hune Covered Bridge. It's not far from us out Route 26, so we decided to go check it out, in the spirit of getting ready to see awesome covered bridges in New England (Vermont, primarily). The drive out Route 26 is beautiful, and it was a great day to drive with the windows down and take in the scenery on the winding country road. When we arrived at the covered bridge, it was as awesome as we thought it would be! It's beautifully cared for, and it is still in operation!
After driving through the bridge, we found a small camp ground on the other side. We got out and walked around to see what we could find. We were able to walk down into the riverbed of the Little Muskingum River, which is basically dry right now in the area of the bridge. This picture is taken with me standing in the middle of the riverbed.
We found a map of the area. We were in the Wayne National Forest, by the way. The map showed another covered bridge a few miles north, so we took note of that. We continued driving, looking for the trail head of the hiking trail that lead to the other bridge. We found the trail head, but nowhere to park, and we were on a very narrow gravel road. We continued driving, looking for a place to park, but got far from the trail head and starting driving up a pretty steep hill. Instead of hiking, we just continued driving the gravel road. At a few points, we had to pick a way to turn, and we had no idea where we were at this point, but we hoped we would eventually be lead to civilization again! At some points, we were at what seemed to be a high point in the county/surrounding area, and we could see a long way through the trees! We made it back to Route 26 miraculously! Then we decided to go ahead and drive to the other covered bridge we had found on the map. It's called the Rinard Covered Bridge. We found it without any trouble!
This bridge was no longer in operation, so you can only walk across. It had actually been rebuilt several times during its life. Most recently in 2006 after a flood in 2004 took it and strung it along the river. At the other side of the bridge, we found this sign, which we enjoyed!
After we were done checking out that covered bridge, we headed back home. We stopped at the Hidden Hills Orchard and picked up some Honeycrisp apples (mmmmm!). There was no cell service until we got back into Marietta's limits. At that point, I Googled Washington County covered bridges (because Jeremy said there were 9), and found out that we missed two bridges. : (
There was another one past the Rinard Covered Bridge called Knowlton Covered Bridge (actually outside of Washington County), and there's one closer to Marietta called the Hills-Hildreth covered bridge. We were sad to have missed them, but perhaps another day. Hopefully you'll also be inspired to make this trip this fall...with all the trees in the Wayne National Forest, it would make for an awesome family drive!
Get ready to hear from us again soon! Chowdah...(lowercase!)