Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Continuing the Jet Lag Breaking Tour
Before continuing on to my family farm for lunch and winding our way back home, we stopped at a second old river town that is now mostly a historical area. All the old buildings are now shops or museums and the old bridge is now open to foot traffic only. Back in my youth, I remember riding in the backseat of my parent's car as we drove across this bridge. By the time I was of driving age, I believe it was closed to vehicles and a couple decades ago it was restored enough to allow people to walk across it. Since then I have been on it scores of times and have more computer memory than I care to admit tied up with photos of the bridge.
Looking towards the other side of the bridge where the town of Vernon used to be. It is now nothing more than a handful of houses scattered through the trees seen in the background.
Some of the original bridge decking which as you can see, isn't in very good shape. I wouldn't want to stand on any of it. Fortunately they have built and elevated walkway above the original decking that is sound enough to walk on and preserved the original decking.
They just don't make bridges like this anymore.
The rusty ironwork always grabs my attention.
Heading back to where I started and to visit the shops. Three of my favorites are an old antique shop in the General Store where I bought a book on building model ships, another shop for displaying local artist's work, and one called Iron and Lace where the husband/wife owners make forged iron works and pottery using Queen Anne's Lace for pattern design. If I ever win the lottery, I will buy out their inventory immediately.
I've been to this town more times than I can count and yet I never noticed this in a tree along a sidewalk. In fact, I didn't notice it this time until my niece pointed it out.