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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Taking the bridge

Having the new Starbucks to walk to is turning out to be a very nice thing. Until now, there was a choice of two routes: the busy, most direct, Bloomfield Ave way, and the "back way", along a shady residential street. No question which to choose.

But now there's a third way. There's a new bridge in the glen.

First, walk around the corner to the train station.

Walk down the steps to the westbound platform.

Here's the view of the station from down below. It's not actually in service as a station any more. For years (ever since we have lived here, and before) it was the local real estate office. More recently it has been acquired by the town to be used as a community center. Count me among the skeptics who thought nobody would use it. Count me among those who were WRONG!

Walk east along the platform, and you soon come to this.


And here we come to the new bridge. This will take us to the other side of the glen.

Looking back, after having crossed:
With a waterfall like this less than five minutes from home, why do I think I need a pond?

There's even a pretty gazebo to relax in. Probably I don't need one of those either.

In the glen, looking west from the gazebo:

Here's the last part of the trip. From here we emerge onto Bloomfield Avenue. I'll spare you the view of the final, ugly block. Not so bad, all things considered.

5 Comments:

Blogger sukipoet said...

Great walk. I'm glad they found a use for the train station. The new bridge is lovely. We had a train station for sale in Monument Beach on Cape Cod. Very tempting. There was a liveable apt upstairs with view of the water. Course no land at all and the trash train went by every morning at 6 very close, but still.....

5:58 PM  
Blogger Earlene said...

You live in a very lovely place. I hope to get back to the east coast soon even if only for a visit. I do want to see New England. San Diego is beautiful in a different way.ufmtxipy

9:08 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Well, I enjoyed this walk...I liked how you decided you had these things out there so didn't need them at home...nice to be satisfied with what one has. Looked refreshing...and cheaper than stopping at Starbucks...more country...I like that.

11:19 PM  
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9:51 AM  
Blogger joco said...

Many would wish for a walk like that within 'walking distance' of their home.

I was all worked up about a real train station, and then realized it wasn't operational any more, like so many over here in the UK.

Still, it's being put to good use and you give a very inviting description of your walk. Well done. We could follow every step of the way. What about that coffee though?

Thanks for helping me make my mind. I wouldn't like to be accused of scolding ;-)

2:36 PM  

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