During my recent vacation in Vermont, I was alerted to a special “covered bridge” tour near my hotel. Of the more than ninety different covered bridges throughout the Green Mountain State, seven are within a two-hour driving trip from each other. Wowie.
So I blocked out two hours … and made the trip.
I began in Waitsfield, Vermont, and moved forward from there. Right off the clearly marked “Bridge Street.” And there, clear as day, was the Great Eddy Bridge.
Of course, as you can see, I also captured some kids who used the shade of the bridge for a little skinny-dipping. Their clothes were nearby. No, I didn’t steal their clothes and hide them. That would have been very rude.
Back in the car. Off to the next bridge.
This was a two-mile drive up a steep hill … and before I knew it, I was in front of the Pine Brook Covered Bridge. There wasn’t much in the way of parking nearby, so I just hit my flashers and parked on the side of the road.
Back in the car.
Now for a bit of a drive to Moretown. Up and around some more muddy, rutted roads. Now I know why Vermont has the most vehicle alignment shops per capita than any other state.
But sure enough, the directions were true.
And here I am … at the Upper Cox Brook Covered Bridge.
A very important thing to know about photographing covered bridges. You want to get the frame and the length and all that, but you want to avoid – if at all possible – things like highway height restriction signs and the like. I did the best I could with these.
A short distance along this road, and I arrive at the Newell Bridge, also known as the Lower Cox Brook Covered Bridge. Sweet!
Aww, Dracourage decided to photo-bomb my photo.
And if you’re wondering about the wording above the bridge … let me zoom in for you.
Realistically, you have to go that slow just to try to make out all that fine print.
So here’s the thing about the Newell Bridge. You can actually see one covered bridge while standing inside another covered bridge.
In fact, you turn around from the place I took that photo …
And you can see this.
Wow. I should come back here a few months from now and see if I can get this with the fall foliage around it. Put that in the back of my mind for Competition Season 2019.
Okay, time to drive.
And I should say “drive,” because to get to the next bridge – the Mosely Covered Bridge – I have to go up some more muddy slopes.
And finally … I find it.
The final bridge on my journey was at least ten miles away. Well, I’ve visited six of these treasures, what’s one more to the list?
And I was rewarded with my patience. I arrived at the Lincoln Gap Bridge, one of the only seven on the trip to sport a nice American flag over the entrance.
And in case you’re looking for this bridge … it is on Covered Bridge Road. Because, of course it is.
This is nice. A nice little journey, and seven covered bridges in Vermont were photographed.
Maybe someday, if I can actually set aside some time and travel, I’d like to see what it would take to photograph all of Vermont’s covered bridges in the span of a weekend, or maybe in the span of a month. That would be incredible.
It would be difficult.
It would be – oh heck, you know I’m already figuring out travel schedules and whatnot, aren’t you?