Thursday, March 11, 2010
Visiting Vermont, Part Three
Breakfast was served by Mandy, a personable young lady, who had been working the front desk the evening before when I checked in. Out of all the staff members I met, I'd have to say that Mandy was my favorite as she was very helpful, very nice, and very personable - a true delight. She asked me what I had planned for the day and I told her that I was heading towards Stowe in search of covered bridges to take pictures of; in particular I was looking for Emily's Bridge - Vermont's reportedly haunted bridge. She said she'd heard of it but never been to see it and thought I was brave for going - especially by myself. I told her I'd be sure to let her know if I came across anything unusual!
Having breakfast at the same time as myself was a family of three from Quebec who had come down to do some snowshoeing. It's easy to forget that Quebec is as close as it is to where I was in Vermont but they apparently traveled a shorter distance than I did to get there! As their son tucked into his snowman pancakes complete with powdered sugar snow, the mom mentioned that she'd always wanted to go to Connecticut as Martha Stewart "made it look so nice." I kind of had to laugh to myself on that one as the part of Connecticut that Martha Stewart lives in is more like New York but I thought they'd probably enjoy either the northwest hills or the Woodstock area. I guess it's easy for me to forget that there really are some very pretty areas of Connecticut - you just have to take the time to look for them!
As soon as breakfast was over I grabbed my list of covered bridges, a couple maps, a handful of brochures, my iPod, and my GPS and headed west on Route 2 towards Stowe. The day was a little overcast but it looked like it was going to clear up so I was hopeful of decent weather for some pictures. As I drove I saw a lot of things I would loved to have taken pictures of but one of the things I learned about Vermont roads - in addition to there being a lot of dirt ones - is that they don't have much for a shoulder so there was really no place to pull over. It was at that point that I wished I had my own Ralph to chauffeur me around like Princess Patti does so that I could take some "passenger side pictures". Alas, no such luck!
The project was paid for by $241,000 in grants from the Vermont Agency of Transportation enhancement program, $40,000 from the Housing and Conservation Board, and $25,000 raised locally. In my opinion, money well spent!