Thursday, July 31, 2014


July 30 to 31

Hey there Campers;

It is overcast and muggy. Now how can the two of those go together? Well, anyway we knew that we needed to find information on the area. Well, low and behold we saw the information center right outside our door. How could we miss this? Well, it was in a little house that was no bigger than our dressing room. The guy on duty did not have much information but he was really nice. Trust me there is not that much to do in Lincoln, ME.

We got on the road to New Hampshire. We got caught in a brief rain storm in Augusta, ME. I mean going 20 MPH rain storm. I see why accidents happen. The car ahead of us could not be seen. It only lasted for 10 miles and then it cleared up.

The drive to New Hampshire was dotted with quaint picture postcard towns. It is definitely small town USA. Small narrow roads. There are lots of rivers, brooks and streams. We arrived in Plymouth, NH and proceeded to the Walmart.

Once we got settled we decided to go to a Chinese dinner. We found the Hong Kong Garden on the GPS. We drove into town. When we got there we went in. We saw notes on the facing wall. One said "No weapons or backpacks please". We looked at each other and said what the heck is this about. We need not to eat here. Just as we turn to go back out the bartender asked if we were looking for the restaurant. We said yes. She stated it was down the alley. Boy were we relieved. The food was a little greasy but ok.

After dinner, as we were going back up the alley we keep hearing live music. We decided to drive around the corner to see if we could find it. It was a concert in the park. It was sponsored by the Rotary Club. The band, 60's Invasion, really had great voices. The sang songs from Elvis to the Beatles. It was awesome to see grandparents dancing with the kids. This is one of the reasons people move to small town USA.
We drove to the Hilton and called it a night.

On Thursday we awoke to another overcast day. We decide to have breakfast before we leave. As I finish cooking, I ask Lo if he would like a toast. He says "No there is a lot of food on the plate". I said ok then proceeded to toast a bagel. Lo looks at me as ask what I was doing. I told him toasting my bagel. He had the nerve to ask me why did I get toast and he did not. OK. Did I feel like braining him????? You bet. So being a nice wife I made him a toast. GRRRRRRRR!  LOL!

Oh well moving on.  We are going to have a great day covered bridge hunting.

We drove to Concord, NH to the information center. Now you know how older people talk about kids on the cell phones and not paying attention. Well. I went to the info center. It is a small center on the freeway. The attendant was on the cell phone.  I see this and decide to wait until she sees me and finish her call. I wait and wait and wait. I finally get in her line of vision. She finally looked up and see me and continue to talk. I pick up a brochure on covered bridges. She continued to talk on the phone. I hold up the brochure to let her know this was what I wanted to talk about. She moved the phone from her mouth and I got to ask one question. She briefly answers and goes back to her phone call. I decided to leave before I got a Richmond Ghetto Girl attitude.

We drove back to the freeway and onto country roads. We by chance found the Shaker Village. We checked it out but decided to continue on to our hunt for the covered bridges.

 We had a great day hunting for the bridges.



In the city of Bath, we found The Brick Store. It is America's Oldest General Store. It had a lot of things most of us grew up with. Remember the penny candy? And barrels of candy. Yep those were the days.



The river flows were just beautiful.

At one of the churches we past this sign caught my eye. It really says it all.

We were in the national forest and saw the local ski runs.

We went to the Flume Gorge that was one of the trail stops of the stage coach line.

Clark's Trading Post is famous as it has been there since 1800's.

As the day was winding down we passed through a small town and saw the Christmas Loft. Of course we had to stop and check out the nutcrackers.

We drive back to Plymouth and decided to have dinner. We found the Italian Farmhouse. It was an original farmhouse and barn converted and a flower hothouse to a restaurant. The food was really great.

After dinner, Ice Cream Man strikes again. So many choices.

We drove home to a good night's rest.

Question of the Day

Where was the first covered bridge located?

Well, until the next time Campers......

Lo & Bren


  1. Oh, you just HAD to go and start asking about who was first. Those covered bridge people get a little hot on the topic -- supposedly, the Carleton Bridge in NH was built in 1789, but since nobody was standing there writing down the date, it's argued about. A lot. Meanwhile, the Schuykill River in Philadelphia has now fallen down, but somebody WAS writing the date when it was built, and it was 1805. Additionally, the Hillsgrove Covered Bridge in Sullivan County in Pennsylvania, built around 1850, was the first covered bridge to be put into the register of historical places - so that counts for something, too, I guess.

    You could frame those bridge pictures, chica. Looking VERY good.

    1. ...the the Schuykill River BRIDGE, anyway. I'm pretty sure the river's still there.

  2. Hahahahaa . . . Tanita you are so correct about a H O T!!!! topic. The information I found is different than yours.

    This we can agree upon. The first covered bridge built in America is thought to be the 80-foot span over the Schuykill River in Philadelphia that no longer exists. It was built by Timothy Palmer, a Massachusetts millwright, in 1805 or 1806.

    Three bridges have unconfirmed completion dates before 1830: The Hyde Hall Bridge in Oswego County, N.Y., circa 1825; Haverhill-Bath Bridge at Woodsville, N.H., circa 1829; and the Roberts Bridge in Preble County, Ohio, built in 1829.

    Well that is the information I found. Ooops, here is a little more info:
    Built by Andrew Alden, Lorenzo Bates and Cyrenus Clark in 1825, the Hyde Hall Covered Bridge is not only the olesest existing covered bridge in New York State but also in the United States.
    Restored in 1967 by the State of New York and placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1998.

  3. By the way, there is something romantic about covered bridges - to me anyway. I picture long flowing southern dresses, with parasol to match and hat and gloves walking with a handsome dashing courteous gentleman caller. Or riding in a horse drawn covered buggy with a cool, gentle breeze on a warm summer day blowing through my hair. Way cool.