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New Hampshire


Today is my last day in Russia. Exhausted but a really fabulous and interesting trip. Soon I'll try to write about some of the cities we visited. In the meantime, I'll speak a bit about a trip to New Hampshire shortly after Christmas. I recently read that at one time there were over 10,000 covered bridges in the U.S. but today only around 750 exist. New Hampshire is home to many, some operational some not. This one is my favorite with the weathered American flag.

1. Covered bridges became the first type of historical structures protected by New Hampshire law. The Cornish-Windsor Bridge pictured below sits on the Connecticut River and connects the towns of Cornish, New Hampshire and Windsor, Vermont. It was originally built in 1866 for a cost of only $9000 and is still operational today. We saw many pick-up trucks plowing through the bridge in very heavy snow. Most large operational bridges in the region are maintained by the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, while smaller bridges are maintained by the local city in which they are located. All of the bridges we saw are still in excellent condition despite age.

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2. Unlike Maine, where snow fell before our arrival, we hit a storm head on in New Hampshire. After beginning the drive back home to DC, we were quickly forced to overnight due to heavy snowfall which my car simply could not handle. But what beauty the snow creates!

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3. A covered bridge sits at the end of this road. My car could not make it down the snowy path so we asked a resident on the highway if we could park in her driveway, cross the highway and walk the long road to the bridge. "Sure!" she said, looking at us like we were crazy people. After all the trekking through the snow I never saw the bridge because it became too slippery for me to even walk. But on the route I noticed nice orange leaves in a sea of green.

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4. On the same road discovered a tiny shed encased in snow.


5. Nice waterway on highway.

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6. Frozen water, in the summer home to many docked boats. Houses and tiny cabins sit right on the waterway.

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7. Gas for boaters during summer season.

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8. Nice views from the Cornish-Windsor Bridge.


9. Many natural streams and forest areas throughout New Hampshire.

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This State, like all others in the New England region, I completely love! I think my next adventure will be a weekend trip to Toronto at the end of March. Stay tuned for stories about Russia. :)


( 17 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 25th, 2013 11:56 am (UTC)
Thank you Shannon....Loved it all...Beautiful pictures...
Feb. 25th, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Memories.....
You're welcome! Glad you enjoyed. See you soon.
Feb. 25th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Fabulous scenery. You will love Toronto! Very International city :))
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:38 am (UTC)
Hi! please tell me how to respond to people in Russia when they found you an American?
Now here (in Russia) actively deployed anti-American propaganda in the media. Such sensational anti-Magnittsky law and a ban on adoptions by Americans.
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Well Sasha (macos) found me because I started reading posts from his American journey and contacted him. And then we became friends and have traveled together both in the States and in Russia. Yes, Russian media. I know it's very Anti-American. Evil people killing babies, etc. What a pity. Of course, there are plenty of jerks in America but in general we're very caring and nice people.

Edited at 2013-03-12 09:25 pm (UTC)
Mar. 13th, 2013 08:13 am (UTC)
Thanks for the reply! Sorry for my English. Your post will be translated into Russian has collected more than 2240 comments. He "blew up" the Russian interenet! Write more, it will be interesting!
Mar. 13th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
"Blew up" the Russian Internet. :)) I will write more, both about Russia and the U.S.
Mar. 14th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Sorry, I did not properly written "Blew up"?
I meant "your post is a sensation"
I want to add you as a friend. I am from Volgograd (Stalingrad)
Mar. 14th, 2013 11:59 am (UTC)
What you wrote is correct. :) It's a common phrase to "blow up the Internet" when something becomes popular. I'm just in complete shock that what I wrote received so much attention. I'm not a blogger, just a normal person that likes to travel and explore other cultures. So, all of this attention is very strange.
Mar. 12th, 2013 07:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the photos! I love New Hampshire!
I'm from Russia and I think that you're generally right in your description of my country!
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:15 pm (UTC)
I love all New England States! Such beautiful nature and mountains. Your country, there's beauty as well. I'll write about it in some upcoming posts, especially liked the city of St. Petersburg. :) The point of my initial post about Russia was to show main differences between our countries and explain what shocked me most about Russia. For this, of course, it's necessary to focus on the bad.
Mar. 12th, 2013 08:34 pm (UTC)
Hi there
Hi there,
You made me almost crying while I read your post on the trip... Used to be great nation...Nothing changed since we left there...
Mar. 12th, 2013 09:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Hi there
Thanks for reading!
Jul. 18th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
This winter looks like a real Russian winter :))) A photo with orange leaves is fascinating! Surprised with gas station for boaters, never seen them before. :)
And of course covered bridges are so touching! Their builders used to care about people who had to walk on them in bad weather...
Btw, do you know if the covered bridges are specific US feature or there are such bridges in other countries?
Jul. 18th, 2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to read my old reports. :) I think there are covered bridges in many countries, but I only recently became a fan of them and never really searched them out in other places. New England area of the States receives very heavy snowfalls in winter. It's great! :)
Dec. 22nd, 2013 08:43 pm (UTC)
This post remembered me "The bridges of Madison County" movie :) I didn't know that there are so many covered bridges in US. And they are located in such amazing places.
Dec. 23rd, 2013 04:20 am (UTC)
It's a well-known movie! I like all of the New England States. Really beautiful part of the country.
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