Perhaps this is a prelude to a greater project. My neighbor across from me is artistically trained. She saw my photo of the Chippewa River State Trail bridge at Eau Claire and thought that I could develop a collection based on bridges. Bridges over what, I wondered. Even a crazy idea of a “Bridges of Madison County” type of book could start to flow from this. Digging into the collection of images that I already have on my WordPress account and adding to them with the Chippewa Trail bridge, I started to create this blog at first. I even added Wausau’s new “Wishing Bridge” which crosses a newly formed creek on the east side river front. It is another step in the redevelopment of this area. I would bet that many marriage proposals will happen here.
So I started with the HH bridge over the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point. How cool is it to pass under traffic and enjoy all this great scenery that the Green Circle Trail offers. Minimal interference from automobile traffic. Just great! Then I move to a stark wintry scene in Wausau on the pedestrian crossing over the east channel of the Wisconsin River. Icy good black and white subject. Truly a Wisconsin winter!
Then I move to the one bridge that I actually fell in love with. This one is the concrete arch bridge that carries the Tomorrow River State Trail over the Tomorrow River at Amherst. What a beautiful piece of bridge architecture. So simple and serene with steps to lead many a trout angler to his favorite spot and a deck that carries lovers to a coffee shop in Amherst.
My new favorite is a re-decked trestle that forms a part of the Chippewa River State Trail in Eau Claire. Eau Claire is easily my second home town. Most people can easily see why. It is a cyclist’s paradise with all of its off-road trails and shared use paths connecting right into the Chippewa River State Trail. The trail system even connects right to the Water Street side of the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire! I can imagine students and faculty riding in from Chippewa Falls or Durand on this incredible asphalt paved rail-trail. Or even a trip into Carson Park . Or even a cruise into Downtown! Why not! The system will get you there!
Finally thoughts take me to my home rail-trail, the beautiful Mountain-Bay State Trail with the long low trestle that crosses wetlands west of Norrie Lake in Eastern Marathon County. There are so many journeys and bridges to cross. This bridge has legends to it of derailments that happened long ago with box cars or locomotives lost in the swamp. The journey calls us to hike or ride…