Thursday, October 29, 2009

Countryside & Covered Bridges

Out of our several days visiting Pennsylvania, Mark and I both agree that our {most} favorite activity was taking our long drives through the countryside, through the beautiful farmland, in search for {a few of the many} covered bridges.  The directions were great, as long as you were good at counting which tree to turn by, because many roads had no names.  There were a few times that we second-guessed our navigation skills, but we had no schedule to keep, no specific amount of time we were to finish our drive.  We just drove slowly, took in all of the breath-taking views of the countryside, and enjoyed our time together.  It was perfect.

It was amazing to see all of the farms from a distance away.  I loved to try to count the {many} silos within one area.  And, of course, I loved seeing all of the {red} barns!


We saw several buggies on our drive.  I thought it was neat to see how the vehicle traffic was not bothered by the buggies.  No one was in such a rush that they would even consider being rude.  To be from the South, I must say, we need to work on that politeness on the roads...


The pulley system was used frequently for clothes-lines.  What I thought was interesting was how far away the pulley system would go...often from the house to a {very} distant barn with clothes covering the lines.  And, of course, it was neat to see all of the farm animals at the side of the roads.


The several days of harsh rainfall {the week before we arrived} made it hard  for the harvesting to be completed, but we did see a few working in their fields.


This lady and young child were harvesting their family's corn crop with the help of a team of 3 horses.  I can't imagine driving one of these things alone!  But their precision showed that this was normal life for these...


One of the many breath-taking views as we weaved our way through the twists and turns of the countryside.


Here is the first of several covered bridges that we found on our drive.


The beauty and architecture of these old bridges were stunning!  This is definitely something you don't often find on your normal drives anymore...


You can't see it in this picture because we weren't up high enough, but each time we passed over the rivers, you could see a perfect mirrored-image of the turning foilage.  If I were an artist, it would probably be my pick for a painting.  It was absolutely stunning!


There were many things to see and do in the area, this was {by far} my favorite.  I think I could have spent every day driving through the beautifully scenic countryside and old covered bridges.  These are just a {few} of our favorite views...