Two more….. bridges……
That leaves only two more to find. Saturday, I was back out on the Amphitheater Carriage road to search for two more “stars” on the map. Along the way, I got to hike a really enjoyable section of the Amphitheater trail (see previous post). The two bridges included in this post are two of the oldest bridges in the carriage road system – one small and one rather grand.
Hiking the carriage road to get to this bridge was a fairly steep hike for 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. The bridge is situated near the top a bowl shaped ravine, hence the name, Amphitheater Bridge. In the photo above, I try to give you an idea of the long, sweeping curvature of this bridge which is quite stunning.
In the photo above you can see the arch and the beautiful detail. The detail at the top is unique; none of the other bridges have this type of design. Another view of this “weave” detail is pictured below. As you can see, the road was designed to apex at the center of the bridge.
There is a lovely waterfall off to the one side of the bridge. However, it has been so dry here this winter and spring, that the waterfalls and streams are running shallow. I fear there won’t be much water to enjoy this summer if we don’t soon get some rain.
After exploring the Amphitheater trail which led me back down the mountain and through the ravine, I came to the next bridge on my list; the Hadlock Brook Bridge. This bridge is much more simplistic in its design and is reminiscent of several of the other smaller bridges throughout the carriage road system.
As you can see from the date stone, this is one of the oldest bridges in the system, and like the others, underwent a major restoration about 10 years ago. It won’t be too many more years before we’ll be celebrating the centennial of the these wonderful roads and bridges!
We will take a break in our “bridge search” for at least a week as a trip to Schoodic Peninsula (the only part of Acadia National Park located on the mainland), and a hike up Pemetic Mountain (the fourth largest peak on the island) are on the agenda for the week ahead.