What is it about covered bridges that makes them so dreamy anyway? It is the old wood? How they look covered in snow? In fall when the leaves are changing colors? The thought of horse drawn carriages passing through so many years ago?
Well over the weekend I hit the jackpot when I happened upon a set of 3 covered bridges in Northfield, Vermont on Cox Brook Road. Did you know that Vermont has the greatest concentration of covered bridges in the United States? Yes, yes they do. In fact there are a total of 114 covered bridges in Vermont, many of which are still in use today.
If you’ve ever been to Vermont you know the landscape is covered with farms, gorgeous historic homes, and white church steeples in every town you pass through. Until this weekend though I had no idea that forests cover 75% of Vermont’s total land area. No wonder it’s so beautiful there.
I spy with my little eye… someone who lives down the street from 3 historic bridges and has a rockin’ garden.
The 3 particular bridges that we visited on Cox Brook Road in Northfield, Vermont also happen to pass over the Dog River. So of course Lucy and I had to stop and take a look around.
Lucy, who doesn’t like to get wet, actually went wading in the river for about 30 seconds all on her own. I was shocked! Then when we hopped back in the car she smelled like a wet dog and the windows fogged up and the joy of the moment was over for me.
Dreamy I tell you. Just dreamy.
Another unique thing about Vermont I just love, are the all the country stores that seem to pop up in the most random places alongside the road. If you live in the New England area maybe you are totally used to this, but in the Northwest all we have are gas stations and mini marts that sell lotto tickets, pork rinds and energy drinks.
Husband. Are you reading this? I think our new semi-retirement plan should be to own a country store. You can order all the supplies, The Girl can do all the lunch prep, sign making and artwork, Monkey Boy can run the register and chat with the little old ladies….
And I can make the cookies, cakes and other pastries. We’ll have a garden out back so we can sell fresh produce and maybe some chickens too. How does that sound?
It sounds like a plan to me.