Skies were bright and clear Tuesday morning, after Monday night's rain. The fields and the trees got a drink and the grass is greener than ever.
In Rutland County, while the storm brought down some leaves, there are still many scenic vistas and several areas still with bright color. We stopped in Pittsford, where there is a cluster of four remaining covered bridges, all built in the 1840s.
The Great Flood of 1927 changed Vermont's landscape forever, and in Pittsford, it washed two covered bridges away. The Hammond Bridge was found intact 1.5 miles downstream and was recovered by floating it with steel tanks and towing it back in place with six teams of horses. It's now called "the bridge that went on a voyage."
There's a lot of history to these old bridges, and a lot of fond memories for those who live around them! Fond memories and even romantic ones!
"It was a good place to stop, and... they were kissing bridges," said Anne Pelkey of the Pittsford Historical Society.
Wright Stevens wrote, "At the weather worn bridge, you'd stop your horse and wish. Then perhaps a little hug, and of course a little kiss!"
The bridges are still popular with the locals. Tammy Baker and her dog cross this bridge on their walk almost every day.
"The color this year was beautiful. It's starting to go by now, but there are still bright reds and that really pretty orange color," Baker said.
Heading north, the Salisbury covered bridge spans Otter Creek, connecting Salisbury and Cornwall. Fortunately, there is always a pull off at these one-lane bridges, to allow room for cars to wait while they take turns crossing the bridge. It's also a good spot for picture-takers to get a good shot.
Farther up the Otter Creek, that's not a concern for the covered bridge that connects Middlebury and Weybridge. The Pulp Mill Bridge is the only two-lane covered bridge in Vermont that is currently open to traffic, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also the oldest covered bridge in Vermont and one of the oldest covered bridges in the U.S. Or let's say it's the newest, oldest bridge in Vermont. The bridge was first built in 1853, but was recently renovated in 2012. The new wood has yet to age.
Chuck Stanley lives in what used to be the old bridge toll house. He's used to seeing lots of visitors around.
The fall foliage tourist season may soon be winding down, but once the snow flies, they will be back.