Monday, April 7, 2008

Day Trippin' II

As I’ve mentioned before JR and I like to take day trips. When gas was cheap and we were empty-nesters, of which we were for all of ten seconds before one of the kids moved back in, we hopped in the car for one of these day trips. Being North-westerners we had never seen a covered bridge. This was a situation that had to be rectified as soon as we hit Indiana, where we were living at the time. We had a great time driving around Pike (I think) County. One of the things I will always remember is how friendly the people in Indiana were. Here we were driving around the back country roads with Washington State license plates on our car with people waving to us from the side of the road, on their tractors, in their cars and from their porches (not all at the same time). It was amazing. The highest concentration of covered bridges is in this particular county of Indiana. As JR would say, "you couldn't throw a cat without hitting a covered bridge." He would say that and I would cringe. He says the dangest things.

This covered bridge was burned by an arsonist the next fall. It was very sad. I don't remember the date on this bridge but it was probably built in the late 1800's, most were.

Most of the bridges you were allowed to drive over. Scared the bee-gee-ous out of JR and I the first time. By the end of our two year stay in Indiana we became old hats.

Here is our favorite. Bean Blossoom Bridge. It was about 10 miles from our house.

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