I lovely day, after a bout with inclement weather. March went out like a lion, with huffs and puffs and lots of gusty winds. I sense some confusion, as the saying “In like a lion and out like a lamb”seems to have lost its intent this year. I don’t know if sayings about the weather have any merit to them, or it could be they are just a product of a colorful imagination. But, anyhoo, it’s a gorgeous day for sitting on the porch and appreciating nature.
The tree outside our porch, which I have mentioned in several of my posts, has taken on another change. The pink buds have been replaced by bright green leaves, giving it a limey green glow. It has become a favorite pastime of mine to observe the tree change with the seasons; and I find it a great subject for my blogs and photos, as well.
Well, my coffee break is over and I feel the need to be useful, other than spring cleaning. I have the to urge to sit down and write about our Blue Ridge trip, while it is still fresh in my mind. Anyway, I have a lot of photos that I want to share with you.
My husband and I like to explore and find old junkyards and antique shops, which they are abundant in the Georgia countryside. So we took a little drive to an interesting little city, where we stopped for lunch. The restaurant is situated on the Toccoa River, with a breathtaking view that could be used as a movie set. We were seated outside and became infatuated with this bridge. It was obvious there had to be a lot of history behind this very old structure, which I am sharing what I found.
The Bridge Street Bridge, located in McCaysville, Ga, spans the Toccoa River. The National Bridge Inventory gives a 1928 date for the construction of the bridge. Other sources give a 1911 construction date. A rehab date of 1935 is also given by the National Bridge Inventory. The bridge construction is camelback truss, is structurally sound and open to traffic.
To add more to the story, the Toccoa River, in Georgia, becomes the Ocoee River, in Tennessee, under The Bridge Street Bridge.
The tiny city of McCaysville is located on the Georgia-Tennessee state line and is adjacent to Copperhill, Tennessee, its twin city. There is a Blue Line, which indicates where the two states meet. You can stand with one foot in Georgia and one foot in Tennessee.
The Blue Line is not only visible on the street but is visible inside affected businesses. as well.
Bridge Street Bridge (Old McCaysville Bridge), McCaysville, Georgia
This picture was taken during our first trip to McCaysville (2014). This is our car parked on the Georgia-Tennessee state line.
Blue Ridge and the surrounding towns and cities are so welcoming. These quaint little mountain towns remind me of what life should be about. That’s only if you appreciate peace and quiet and nature.
A river flowing
An old bridge spanning
Mind the gap
Cheers! 🍵 ☕️
photos: personal property