I sure am glad I was searching Monday Memes today! I find that Gemma has taken over “yellow Monday” as the originator Drowsey Monkey retired! I did participate every week, but it was one of my favorites! Thanks Gemma!
Now let’s see what yellow I might have to share today!
These are on the memory card that is currently residing in my laptop. I have not been much of a photography these past months. First the winter weather and then some personal issues at home have kept me from getting out and about with my camera. If not for my IPhone camera, life would be passing me by without any sort of record!
These photos were taken in Allentown, PA in July 2012. I was there for the day while Tara and friends were at a concert. That was such an enjoyable day. Just me and my camera for hours!
The roses were taken at the Malcolm Gross Memorial Rose Garden in Allentown, and the others were taken at one of the several covered bridges I visited that day!
While researching things to do in Allentown this past week, I came across a great document on a Covered Bridge Tour in the Lehigh Valley.
There are over 200 covered bridges remaining in Pennsylvania, and seven of them are in the Lehigh Valley. All were within 10 miles of where I started my journey, but I made it to just three this day. Five of the seven of these bridges are still open to vehicular traffic. Two of the three I visited I was able to drive across!
The first I came to was Bogart’s Bridge. This bridge was built in 1841, and after a truck damaged it in 1956 it was closed to traffic. The park area around the bridge is a beautiful place to spend a day. The Little Lehigh which the bridge crosses is one of the areas best places for trout fishing.
Next I traveled down Cedar Crest Blvd and found the Manasses Guth Bridge. This one is still open to traffic The sounds of the car tires driving across the planks is quite a distinctive sound! The original bridge was built in 1858, and partially rebuilt after a fire in 1882. The bridge crosses the Jordan River and is near one of the entrances to Covered Bridge Park.
The last bridge I decided to visit is just a short distance from the Manasses Guth Bridge, on the other side of the Covered Bridge Park. This is the Wehr’s Covered Bridge. This bridge was also built in 1841, and is open to vehicular traffic.
That concludes my little tour of the bridges. This tour is well marked on the surrounding roads with red covered bridge tour signs. I will head back up there in the near future and find the other four bridges. I have to think they all might be quite beautiful in the fall as well!
|An added bonus, a YELLOW BUG!|
This past Tuesday, I had the “pleasure” of driving my daughter and two friends to Allentown for a concert. Allentown is about 30ish miles from home, so not so far that I could not have come home after dropping them off and returned when the concert was over 8 HOURS later. I decided however, to enjoy a day on my own with my camera.
I had researched a few things in the area to see/do that were free. I found a great printable walking tour of the downtown area, that pointed out the architecture and history of some of the buildings, as well as a driving tour of Covered Bridges in the area.
As it was quite a warm day, and I really did not feel like hitting the pavement in town, I opted for the covered bridges. There were seven listed, I set out to see what I could see.
My first stop along the way was Bogart’s Bridge. This bridge is not in service for vehicles, just foot traffic across the Little Lehigh River. This bridge is the oldest in the Lehigh Valley, and one of the oldest in the country. The bridge is located in a beautiful spot, full of activity – runners, bikers, walkers, and fishermen were seen during my stop!
|Hungry and chirping like crazy!|
|Reflection of the sky and sculpture in Reflecting Pool|
When I saw the theme for I Spy this week was fans…. I did not think immediately of those fans keep us cool, but another kind of fan. You see it was Tuesday morning and I had three FAN girls sleeping in the next room surely dreaming of band members that they love and were going to see later that day. I had hoped to get a picture of the three of them, but 2 of the 3, are anti-camera.
Here is what I came up with