Happenings At The Hollow #2
It’s been a messy, crazy, busy whirlwind over here! Between painting from the ceilings down, installing floors and having literally half our house torn up… it’s been a bit hard to have anything pretty (or complete) to share. In spite of that, I thought I would share a quickie of what we’ve had going on.
Last night we picked up Austin from the airport after a month long absence. I got big squeezes right off! I missed him lots, but I know it was much more fun down in Cali, rather then here in reno-zone. He got to do so many things, like fish up in Mammoth, attend the huge, yearly pool party event, go to the OC fair and spend lots of time with my mom, dad, sister and her guy! We had a great drive home. It was beautiful and the weather was wonderful. It was actually only 80* in Eugene, not nearly 100* like last time. We took a wee detour and went by Dorena Lake and spied a fantastic old covered bridge. I was so glad I brought my Nikon with us on this drive. Often, I just snap interesting pics with my iphone.
The Dorena Covered Bridge was built in 1949. As you can see, it is painted a beautiful, pure white.
A brief history on covered bridges; Like many structures of the late 18th century, bridges were made almost entirely of wood. It soon became apparent that the joints of a wooden truss bridge would deteriorate rapidly when exposed to the elements. The covered bridge was invented in response to the need to protect the wood trusses and joints.
While covering the bridges was a practical way to protect them from snow and rain, it also had a downside. During pre-automobile days, when sleds were the primary method of winter transportation, snow actually had to be shoveled back onto the bridges to provide a snowy surface for the sled runners. Can you imagine having to do that job!?
Estimates have been made that Pennsylvania once had at least 1500 covered bridges, historically known as “kissing” or “wishing” bridges because young couples used the shaded passages to steal a kiss while others would make a wish before entering a new bridge for the first time. Not only is the sheer number important, but Pennsylvania had the first known U.S. covered bridge, as well as the prototypes for most of the major truss types. They now have 200.
Oregon has the largest collection of covered bridges in the West and one of the largest in the nation.
The covered-bridge-building tradition in Oregon dates from the 1850s. Out of necessity, pioneers built with the materials at hand. Douglas fir was abundant in western Oregon and well-suited to bridge construction. To increase their useful life, houses were constructed over the timber trusses to protect them from the damp western Oregon climate.
The heyday of covered bridge building in Oregon occurred between 1905 and 1925 when there were an estimated 450 covered bridges in the state. By 1977, this number had dwindled to 56.
Can you imagine a “barn style” party here? The beams were huge and the whole structure had such a neat feel. You could of course here the creek underneath and it was so serene and peaceful. I tried to imagine the sound of horse hooves clip-clopping over the wood roadway. The floor boards were large 10-12 inch sections. So beefy!
It’s a working covered bridge, which means you could drive on it.
As evidenced by my husband being silly. My camera wasn’t set up for a speed shot, but I tried!!
It’s got a main road that passes right by, so it’s easy to walk through too, as it’s mainly for looks/history now.
This is the view from the marvelous slatted windows. I could move right in!
I thought it was wonderful how the iron bars and beams in front of the windows were painted white to blend in with the window when they cut in front of it. Sometimes, it’s the little things.
I wasn’t able to get a photo of the bridge from the road, it wasn’t safe… so you miss the water coming under it in this shot… but it was the best I could do. What a happy accident to run across this beauty!!
We headed out of town to pick-up Austin early since we had several errands to run first. We stopped by Lumber Liquidators to get the underlayment to complete the flooring install. We’d like to stop looking at this…
I’ve been working on painting some velvet fabric on a chair I picked up. I’ve had mixed results and will tell you about it when I post about it in detail so you can get yours perfect should you ever try it . Here is the right now;
My big job with this project was painting and I’m done so I’ve moved on to working on our bedroom. I have not done much to it since you last saw it here in this post and it’s time for a little attention.
I’ll share my plans for our master bedroom refresher and a fun giveaway this week so stop by if you can.
You’ll love the giveaway. It’s just something from me personally, but we all love them and I’m looking forward to spoiling a reader a wee bit!! Hope everyone is enjoying their Summer. Ours has been work filled but we are still managing to be thankful for the beautiful weather. Even if we aren’t out frolicking in it.
Shari @ Turnstyle Vogue says
Just catching up on my blog reading 🙂 …. We sure are spoiled here in Oregon to have such beautiful surroundings, aren’t we?!!
The Goodpasture Covered Bridge is just “up the road” from where I live and there are two others within a mile from where I grew up so I’ve been lucky to have them around me my entire life. They are one of my favorite landscape details.
Next time you are in Eugene – on a leisure trip – give me a holler!
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage says
I know you are so close, we should have met by now!!! Will need to plan. Vanessa (at the picket fence) isn’t too far either. PNW blogger meet up. We’ve tossed it around but need to make it happen!
Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says
Oh my goodness, Shannon, that’s right around the corner from me! 🙂 We do have a lot of cool bridges around here – I didn’t realize until reading your post that we have the most in the West. I’m gonna look at them differently now – I think I was taking them for granted, ha!
I think I need a smaller version covered bridge to drive up my driveway. Has to be tall enough for the UPS truck too.
I had no idea Oregon had so many covered bridges!! I think we need to take a trip down the coast and see some of the beauties. Excited to see each phase of your reno, I know it will be gorgeous 🙂
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage says
We are banging away at it. Only the one big room left. Well, the biggest of ours. lol. I did not either and think we may also need to map out a nice drive. Or a weekend get-away.
I just love when you post scenes from Oregon!!! Oh, how I miss, miss, miss the beauty!! Love the covered bridge!!! And you have been quite busy!! Anxious to see it all as I know it’s going to fabulous! Lastly, isn’t it heaven when we get to hug our babies after they’ve been away?!! Our kids used to go spend about a month in the summer with their grandparents in Oregon. Of course, I missed them (but also enjoyed some one on one with my hubby) but boy, when I got them back, I was in heaven!!! Have a great day, Shannon!!~~Angela
Shannon at Fox Hollow Cottage says
Awe. Cool. I am glad. It’s so beautiful here! I need to do it more, but always thought I might be boring people who expected DIY and crafts. Then, I thought, well it’s my blog, and that means it’s me. So I am going to include a little more ME (: So true, it’s both. Fun for them and a break for you. But no matter, you still miss them like crazy. I know he did some really fun stuff with my family though. My moms spoils him with breakfast every morning and he and my dad did guy stuff. Then he hangs with his aunt and uncle and does fun stuff with them, like kayaking and the fair. Good memories for him.
Oh my goodness that bridge is amazing!! I have a thing for covered bridges and this one is just spectacular!! Nice find & fantastic photos. I could just live in that bridge 🙂 I can’t wait to see the reveal of your floors. Hugs – Lynn
Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says
I think someone needs to move into that bridge – what an awesome house that would be. The people driving thru in the middle of the night might be a problem though!!
Glad you son is back safe and sound – now put him to work on your projects!
Yvonne @ StoneGable says
Shannon, you are one very very busy girl!!!! It is so inspiring to see you making all these changes to your home. It’s sorta like we are doing them together!!!! I can’t wait to see all those gorgeous floors. We love ours!!! Only two rooms left in the whole house. We are installing hardwood’s in the family room the first weekend in Sept!!! Can’t wait!!! Then it’s just the master bedroom left. Since we are doing a very big master bath gut and reno next spring I just might wait till that is done to put the hardwood in our bedroom.
Your covered bridge images are amazing!!! They really are national treasures! We have lots here too!
You girl, have been a busy little bee. I am pretty excited to see that chair all done! And your bedroom makeover is going to be fab too!
My Little Home and Garden says
Covered bridges have such history and charm. My dearest friend loved them and we passed through a few in Quebec and New Brunswick; he would get a kiss. Who were we to break with tradition. 🙂