Sometimes the best way to overcome the boredom a young child finds on a long car ride across several states is to stop and let them breathe in the blowing breeze…and run.

The back seat was more cramped than usual with some of our belongings we felt we needed to bring with us to grandma and grandpa’s.  The boys seemingly used up the last of their patience with each other and it was beginning to drain mine as well.  With almost perfect timing, a billboard appeared advertising a nearby covered bridge and falls.  I thought it would be an opportunity to get a neat photograph – and a needed break from the monotony of a long drive.

I tried finding the bridge (and falls) on my gps but it couldn’t locate them.  That won’t stop me though.  Time for some old fashion exploring then.  It didn’t take long to find it.  The bridge appeared in less than 10 minutes in all it’s nostalgic glory on the side of the road.  I almost expected to see horses pulling a carriage and rider through the arches of the bridge at any moment – or at least hoped I’d see it.  But I contented myself with pulling our car over to the side and stepped out onto the hard, barren ground where, no doubt, many other cars had stopped before me to take the same photograph I was about to take.

I pulled around to the parking lot and let the boys climb out of the back of the car.  As soon as we opened the doors, I heard the rush of water nearby.  The falls were nothing compared to Niagara Falls but they were beautiful in their own simple way.

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Stretch those legs!

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We piled back into the car to drive less than a couple of minutes to the “lower falls”.  They were down stream just a bit but it was worth the trip over there to see them.

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We went on a short hike up river before heading back down to finish our drive.

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Zach asked to take my picture.  I was rather impressed.  I was half expecting me cut off or something.

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My compliment to him turned into a desire to take more photos.

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Overall, it was a fun little side trip that allowed all of us to drive the rest of the way to grandma & grandpa’s with renewed patience with each other.