Only a good friend would brave Maine at this time of year. I met Sherry during my junior year abroad in London. She's always been a game traveler. On a previous visit, we'd gone cross-country skiing in our woods, but it's been a freakishly warm winter in New England.
My house is next door to Bowdoin College, where my husband teaches Japanese and British Politics.
You might recognize my husband as Lord Grantham on Downton Abbey. Thanks to Bowdoin art professor Mark Wethli for the uncanny PhotoShop job! Yes, we are mourning the end of that gig.
Bowdoin has deeper roots in the past: it was founded in 1794. Massachusetts Hall, the oldest building on campus, dates back to when we were part of Massachusetts. Maine didn't become state until 1820.
Another old campus beauty is Searles Hall. During winter the quad is flooded to become a skating rink.
Bowdoin is located in Brunswick, the biggest town in Maine with a population of 20,000.
There are plenty of mom and pop stores like Frosty's Donuts (circa 1965).
Keep walking, folks. We don't need a warm-out-of-the-oven wild blueberry doughnut...maybe later?
Time to cross the bridge over the Androscoggin River to Topsham, past Sea Dog Brewing.
The dam once powered the Androscoggin Mill. Now the mill houses art studios, restaurants, a flea market, an indie movie theater, our local radio station, and the winter farmers' market (on Saturday mornings).
|The Androscoggin Swinging Bridge from Topsham to Brunswick, Maine|
This footbridge was built in 1892 by John A. Roebling's Sons Co., who also designed and built the Brooklyn Bridge. No joke!
A transplanted New Yorker myself, I find this fact reassuring, despite the pronounced bounce underfoot.
Factory workers used the bridge to commute from their dormitory style housing in Topsham to the cotton mill in Brunswick.
This scenic walk is a three-mile loop from my front door.
I love my town!
Blogwatch: This post is part of Les@TideWaterGarden's Winter Walk Off. If you want to share a winter walk from your home, post it by March 19th with a link to Les. Links to more Winter Walk Off posts coming next week.