I must apologize to my avid readers in advance, as I don’t have many stops or pictures to contribute to today’s post. I awoke to a dreary, overcast day with yesterday’s sinus headache, only magnified, despite my body being a walking medicine cabinet for the last 24 hours – Tylenol Sinus, Nyquil, Excedrin, and finally a migraine pill in desperation. Nothing worked, and the weather wasn’t helping matters, not to mention I was frozen! After I let the dogs out, I crawled back into my sleeping bag and waited to see if the haze would clear, or if I was in for an ugly day.
The haze dissipated; though the forecast called for intermittent thunder showers which would definitely contribute to an oncoming migraine. As I followed Gina’s (my GPS) directions to Kent, I passed by a sign pointing to a covered bridge, so I detoured across the river and over the bridge where I pulled into a parking area to a variety of trails to take a picture. I know nothing more about the bridge. I do wonder, however, how some of the bridges make it into the Reader’s Digest Book since some have official street signs directing tourists to their whereabouts, while others are simply forgotten. I haven’t figured out what makes one more special than another. It must be like art, what makes a brush stroke across a white canvas sell for millions of dollars?
I passed through Kent to arrive at Kent Falls State Park, home to a small covered footbridge and a lovely multi-tiered waterfall. I had been using my point and shoot the last few days, so I decided to break out my good camera. I think my good camera automatically qualifies me as a good photographer in the eyes of other tourists…more often than not, with my good camera in tow, another tourist asks me to snap their picture…I must look more professional lugging that paperweight around! This would have been a perfect opportunity for me to meet “my stranger” for the day, but I could hardly look through the view finder, much less carry on a conversation today. I politely took a few shots, admired the falls with them, and started the quarter mile walk up the stairs along the cascades.
Just as we began climbing the thunder rolled. Behind me, the sky – pitch black…In front of me, the sky – sunny laden with bright white clouds. I thought, be optimistic, it has to thunder more than once before it starts raining and besides I was heading into clear skies. Well, we climbed a few more flights of stairs – one with each tier of the cascade, and with the second thunder clap, the sprinkle began. Ok I thought, it’s probably not smart to venture into the woods with an ominous sky above, so I turned around. As I stepped off the last stair, I strode toward the covered bridge ducking my head in the HAIL! The storm subsided as quickly as it arrived…I got back to the car and it was over. It was at this moment I thought, what am I doing?!? I feel like crap (pardon my French) and the only 5 minutes I’m outside, it hails! I want a couch, a blanket, a cup of hot cocoa, and a fire…thus my thought of the day.
I guess every day can’t be great, and it certainly could have been much worse. I could have been driving to work in the storm! On my way to West Cornwall, I spotted another roadside sign pointing to a covered bridge. On the other side of this bridge was “The Wandering Moose Café”. I relished a savory cup of potato garlic soup and some fried onion rings. Probably an odd combination to some, but that’s what my cranky body craved.
I continued on through Canaan, choosing to rest at a Wal-Mart near the starting point of my drive tomorrow. I can say, this drive was spectacular. Each individual leaf on one tree I passed by was half yellow and half red – truly amazing. I hope another opportunity to photograph a tree as such presents itself.
I suspect tomorrow will be a better day, and I hope to see some of my relatives in Long Island tomorrow evening. I should probably call them to give them fair warning! Oh, and sorry you got to hear about my ailments, but just keeping true to my day. I’m certain the dogs aren’t too happy with me either…a five minute walk at the waterfall and a few potty breaks at Wal-Mart…hmmm think they will be ready for a good hike tomorrow as well. There is a chance of snow tonight…I attempted to work my propane powered heater to no avail, consequently, the pop top will be down, and I will be snuggling with the dogs…move over Scout and Petey! ETB