Loons, Covered Bridges & Kayaking

Written by on August 29, 2013 in People & Places with 11 Comments
Quechee, VT

Quechee, VT

Sometimes it can be really fun to be a tourist. I spent four days in the “Green Mountain State”, Vermont.

After I saw my first covered bridge in New Hampshire I decided it would be fun to drive my Roadtrek through covered bridges. The first thing I made sure I had firmly planted in my brain was the height of my cutie with the air conditioner included (9 feet, 7 inches-rounding it up to 10 feet, just to be safe).

With my assistant and friend, Diane, we went patrolling for bridges. Diane was kind enough to get out of the RV and run through them to the other side to take my pic. It was a lot of fun and I saw beautiful bridges. Some of them were new due to the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene two years ago. An example of this is the photo of the Quechee Bridge.

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Lincoln Bridge

if you really take a look at these bridges you will find that no two are alike. Some were designed and built by architects but most were built by local craftsmen. Although everyone is pretty sure that they were covered due to inclement weather no one is 100% positive. It makes sense to me. There is a lot of “weather” in this part of the US. Some are long, some are short and all of them are pretty.

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Cornish-Windsor Bridge

The Cornish-Windsor bridge is the second longest covered bridge in New England. The first obstacle on this one was the railroad bridge on approach. Diane had to run to the other side to make sure I could fit. Success! When we got to the bridge it said that it’s height was 9′ 3″. Oh no. Diane ran ahead and waved me through. So a lesson learned is that what they say on those signs is not always accurate. I can tell you not to do this bridge during rush hour. There a lot of cars that commute on this bridge. No photos of the RT but a beautiful picture of the bridge.

Kayaking Grafton Pond

Kayaking Grafton Pond

What about the loons and kayaking, you may be asking? I spent three days with my friends, Diane and Tom in Quechee. Thankfully the weather was beautiful and they had three kayaks. Off we went to explore the lakes of NH and VT. I love to kayak. Since Jim died I have not been able to figure out how to get my kayaks on the roof of the car. After Laura’s post I am going to be measuring the length of the Roadtrek.

imageEverywhere we kayaked there were loons and I fell in love with them. The last day we went out I got brave enough to take my camera. We saw an adult loon and a baby. They were so interesting to watch.

So here is what I have found out about loons. They do not mate for life. Coming back to the same lake every year is more important than mating for life. The red eyes help them see under water. They can dive as deep as 200 feet. It has hard to tell the male and female apart and they both take care of the young. Only the males yodel. And that is your lesson on loons today. I think they are a beautiful bird. Being close to them, on the water, was a privilege.

Today I  am in New York State on Lake Ontario. I am beginning the drive west. I have met up with another Roadtreker and she is showing me the sites. Thank you Pauline.



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About the Author: Janet is from Southern California. After many years of sleeping on the ground, in a tent, she finally decided there had to be a better way. In the summer of 2013, she bought a brand new Roadtrek Agile motorhome. She has never owned or traveled in an RV. Janet is now traveling the U.S. and Canada for several months. Recently widowed, she decided that she wanted to visit and thank each person that has loved and supported her and her husband over the past three years. She also is a water color artist who is still waiting to pick up a brush since her husband died. Janet works part time as a tour guide and tour manager. She takes people on vacation throughout the United States and specializes in the National Parks of the west. Janet is happiest when she can share the great outdoors with others. .

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  1. Campskunk says:

    only nine feet seven inches? i always thought the sprinters were taller than that – they look huge to us chevy owners. i finally got to hear a loon thanks to retiring and noodling around up north in the summer after a lifetime in the south – it’s a wonderful sound. it lets you know you’re really, really out in the wild.

  2. Dave says:

    We really enjoy the Loons here at the West end of Lake Superior. If your travels bring you this far West please let us know. We know some places to stay. Happy travels, Bigfoot Dave

  3. Laura Robinson says:

    Hi Janet! What a great trip. I love to listen to loons, sort of eerie at night. I had the same issue with my camera, always having to dig it out of the dry bag, so I am now considering a waterproof point and shoot. I used my cell phone the last few days on my canoe trip, easier to get in and out of the bag and the pictures turned out pretty well. But it would have been a disaster if I had dropped it. I love your posts.

  4. Bill Sprague says:

    All,

    During my tenure with Lancaster County, PA, I worked in the Engineer’s office. That office was tasked with monitoring the condition of the County’s many covered bridges. We had archival records of who built the bridges, when, and how much they cost. Many were built by local timber framing contractors who also build the magnificent barns in the county. Some were built, as I recall, for only a few hundred dollars.

    We had a County bridge crew that were expert timber framers. They custom cut members and repaired the bridges to allow them to be open for traffic.

    Thanks for sharing. Covered bridges and lighthouses are some of our favorite places.

    Bill

  5. Jane Ginter says:

    Hi Janet,

    I’m another widow whose husband died 2 1/2 years ago. We bought our 2010 Roadtrek SS Agile on February 21, 2011 and my husband died exactly a month later. I’ve been figuring out how to use it by myself since then. I’d love to touch base with you. I used to live in San Diego. I’ve lived in Juneau, Alaska for 28 years. Send me an email! ginteralaska@gmail.com

  6. Gary Hennes says:

    Janet -
    For your kayak – I put Yakima tracks on top of my RT RS, which then mounts towers and cross-bars for other accessories. A friend sold me a used Thule “Hullavator” to put on the cross-bars. I still need a 3-step project ladder to get it up there, but with the spring assisted lift in the Hullavator it doesn’t take much force to lift my 42 # kayak up and onto the roof. Last week I put my 32 # solo canoe up on the other side (with the help of a Yakima “Boat-Loader” – wasn’t too tough. Now I’m wondering how much of a cargo box I could put up there between them. Email me if you want more info.

    garyace01@gmail.com

  7. Stephen Allen says:

    Now, that’s a pretty picture of the nice new bridge – hope you had a chance to stop for a great meal and to check out the glass blowing at Simon Pearce!. But I don’t think it was taken within the last few weeks. A couple of comments: I would be more concerned with the posted weight limit on a bridge, especially an older one. We have several bridges locally that we don’t dare cross. The heights posted are usually those measured on the lowest corner of the opening. And – we have a summer cottage in Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. We have two pairs of nesting loons on the lake – the pairs usually have twins each year!

  8. Brenda Beck says:

    Would LOVE to be doing that! Someday!! :)

  9. Roy Justis Roy Justis says:

    Been there & still doing that.

  10. Lib Simon Lib Simon says:

    Roadtrek, the only way to go!

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