Wednesday, July 30, 2008

2 Covered Bridges and 5 States in One DAy

Kent Land Trust Silo and Barn

Slow Bend in the Housatonic River

Villanova to Falmouth, Cape Cod, MA - Saturday, July 26th

We took a "back route" from Villanova to Cape Cod designed to see someplace new and to avoid early afternoon Saturday traffic onto Cape Cod (Saturday being the "changeover" day for weekly renters). Leaving early enough (7am) to avoid traffic on the Jersey Turnpike headed to the Jersey Shore, we drove up the Garden State Parkway to the 287 East and then up the lovely windy and green Saw Mill Parkway to the 84. At Danbury Connecticut we headed north off the interstates up into the Litchfield Hills. Took a picturesque scenic drive along the Housatonic River. Stopped at the Kent Trust Farm for fresh organic produce (where Jerry said the market workers "talked really they didn't want to disturb the produce".) The Kent Trust Farm is located on a quiet spot of the Houstonic River with hills rising on the west and the valley bottom spreading out on the east.

In close proximity to one another, there are two lovely and historic covered bridges over the Housatonic (one short, one long...both drivable). One is located at Bulls Bridge and one at Cornwall. There isn't much a town in Bulls Bridge...but little Cornwall is quite pretty sitting on the banks of the River with several cafes, a bustling Saturday market, and lots of white clapboard houses. The river was up and running very fast following several days of heavy rain earlier in the week.

We wound our way across northern Connecticut to the 84 north up to the Mass Turnpike (90) headed east where we hit the only two traffic jams of the day...BOTH at the toll booths. First...why the heck don't more people have ezpasses????? IT only costs 5 bucks for the transponder and about 25 to "load" the account. Second...what is with the almost non existent and confusing signage directing those of us smart enough to HAVE Ezpasses to where the EXpass lanes are? At the 84/Mass Turnpike tollbooths the whole traffic jam was because of people trying to move across 5 lanes of traffic (either because they didn't have a pass and were in a pass only lane or because they DID have a pass and were in a Cash only lane)...geeesh!

Took the 495 headed out to Cape Cod and after a quick stop at the BJs in Franklin , we arrived in Falmouth around 5pm where it was sunny, warm, and not a little humid. The house at Elm Street that Peg and Jeff rent each July was a cheery sight full of good friends: Peg and Jeff, Nancy and Steve, Moe, Cindi and AJ. Had a great dinner prepared by Steven and Nancy enjoying once again good food and friends in the big kitchen table in the house on Elm.

So 5 states the end of the day jerry and I retired for the night with a breeze coming in through the windows.

Sunday the 27th at the Cape.

Woke early thanks to forgetting to turn off my alarm set for 5:45 AM. But enjoyed soaking and dozing in the sheets until nearly 8. Listening to the world slowly rise early morning rain...friends in the kitchen. The need for coffee finally forced me out of bed.

Walked 3 miles down to Surf Drive walk. An osprey couple have a nest with chicks on a pole near where Elm crosses the bike/walking path. The chicks were noisily proclaiming their hunger and yelling for their parents when we passed by on our way out. Mom (or Dad...can't tell with osprey) was "on duty" at the nest when we returned. There was a nice breeze that cut down the humidity a bit...partly cloudy...busy "traffic" on the path...swans on the far side of the pond...goldfinch whizzing by across the path into the marsh flowers...and the hydrangeas....I love the hydrangeas this time of year here.

Part of the walking/biking path between Falmouth and Woods Hole

Osprey chick (on left) and parent in nest along Woods Hole/Falmouth bike/walking trail.

Lunch was at Coonamessett Farms in East Falmouth at 277 Hatchville Road. It is a "membership" organic farm where you can pay 40 bucks a year (for a family of 4) to have the right to come and pick (and pay_ for fruits, vegetables, berries, and flowers from farm (eggs too). They have about 10 acres of well tended fields. It's quite lovely. They have a small cafe with a deck that overlooks the farm. We ate lunch there...salads, chilie, quiche, sandwiches etc. Quite nice.

Jerry and I went into Falmouth for a quick stroll on Main STreet. Made the obligatory stop at Black Dog store....buying my favorite socks and a nice t-shirt. Treated myself to my first post-operation ice cream cone at the ice cream shop on Main (black raspberry...yum).

Home to watch the Philadelphia Soul beat the San Jose Sabre Cats in the Arena Bowl for the National Championship. Then a little reading, and a nap before it was time to eat again at Landfall in Woods Hole. We had thunderstorms and rain for about 4 or 5's really cooled off now...humidity least for tonight.

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