However...taking a bunch of small children in two vans and driving around all day didn't seem too appealing to anyone in my family.
Our kids' school was supposed to have a Harvest Fair on Saturday but it was postponed due to rain so Jeff suggested we make our much anticipated trip to Vermont.
Yes, it was raining. But better to see the bridges in the rain than not at all, right?
So everyone piled in two vans and off we went. We were five minutes down the road and Jake asked, 'How wong til we get dere?"
Our first stop was the Vermont General Store. I had looked it up online and was all prepared for it's coolness.
It didn't disappoint. If you like all things nostalgic, you would love this place. You really should visit us so we can take you there.
Come on...you know you want to.
Our kids were able to see things like: Mrs. Beasley, metal kazoos, tinker toys, penny candy (for real--not $25 ea), old brands of soda pop, cast iron stove, etc.
And then it was on to the bridges. Oh my goodness...the countryside...Swoon! It was so beautiful. I tried to take photos through the car window but with the rain, the wipers, and trying to drive and shoot at the same time....well....most of them were blurry or just not that great.
These photos were taken in a small town--Grafton, I believe. There were two bridges there. At the second one Jeff pulled up next to me and said, "Do you want to photograph this or are they all starting to look the same?"
Why did I get the feeling that this day was going to be way more exciting for me than for some members of my family?
I started brainwashing the little kids in my car. "Isn't this cool? Isn't this fun?"
"Yes! Yes!" they all agreed.
"Yes! Yes!" they all agreed.
So cool...a REAL covered bridge. Wheee!
Same bridge....antique processing.
And here is another one! Are you on the edge of your seat waiting for the next one?
Neither was my family.
I, however, was thinking that the scenery was a little piece of heaven.
Same bridge...different processing.
And here is another one. OK--I admit this is getting a little bit redundant but I promise you that it didn't seem like it when we were driving to each one.
At least...not for me.
I'm starting to understand the older kids' less than thrilled reaction to it all.
OK--now this one was cool. It was still in use. We drove through it and the little kids were all yelling about how amazing it was. The older girls told me later that they thought it was going to fall down and they were scared.
Last one...and thank goodness it's red.
Because everyone knows that all Vermont covered bridges are SUPPOSED to be red.
Every calendar has RED covered bridges right?
Who would buy a calendar with brown or weathered gray ones?
This one is not in use for vehicles but we were able to walk through it--which was fun.
It was only sprinkling here so most of the family was willing to pose for a photo.
It was worth every minute of the drive. I was in awe of the beauty there.
I was also a little in awe at the rudeness of the drivers in New Hampshire and Vermont.
I'm pretty sure that they keep their hands on their horns at all times just in case someone might be thinking of any type of rule infraction.
Never let a good infraction go to waste.
If there is even a hint that someone might be considering slowing down in front of you, be sure to honk.