Boxes and Bridges.
Today, we ventured to places we had never been and reacquainted our selves with places we had all in the name letterboxing. Now, I find myself traveling to White River Junction, VT twice in 2 days now, picking up kids and dropping them off, and I decided that I didn't want to just head home. I wanted to take a detour. What better detour than to visit the town where Vermont was born. Beautiful Windsor. If you ask a letterboxer, what they like most about letterboxing, most will say it's because they go to places they never knew existed. I never would have known that Windsor Vermont was the birthplace of Vermont. Born on July 8th, 1777, Vermont signed a constitution that made them the first state in the union to outlaw slavery, when they became the 14th state in 1791.
Now, Windsor wasn't just drawing my attention for it's letterboxes. Connecting Vermont to New Hampshire to the worlds longest two-span covered bridge, which one end of it happened to be in Windsor. This bridge drew my attention and why not! We'll do some letterboxing too! And why not make a day of it! 4 draw bridges in all! First was of course the Cornish-Windsor Bridge over the Connecticut River (#20). Also in Cornish was the Dingleton Hill Bridge (#22). After these 2 bridges, we headed to Claremont, NH to grabbed a box by Rubaduc called Thumbs Away. This would make box number 2 by her today, the other being All in a Row, back in Windsor. She has a few in this area of the Northeast. But anyhow, after the brief stop in Claremont, it was off to Newport for a few covered bridge boxes. How convenient! Pier Bridge (#57) came first. We were in and out at this bridge. It was 8:30pm at this point and daylight was a bit scarce. So we hurried off to Wright Bridge (#58). Just about dark and realizing my flashlights were at home, we used my cell phone to light up the stamping and logging process. So we got most of the stamps we were out to get, and saw all the covered bridges we wanted to see, but suddenly felt unfulfilled. We wanted to see more covered bridges and there were more to see on the way home, but we felt it wouldn't be the same if we couldn't see them. So, starting today, we plan on visting every covered bridge in New Hampshire. We have visited much more than we have today, but they won't count. The boys hadn't seen all the covered bridges I have seen, so why not see them again.
Posted by David Baril Jr.