Columbia PA Bridge 2 by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

A Fall Stroll Along the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge Over the Susquehanna

A few times a year I visit friends out in York, PA.  Most recently, I visited during the first week in November to join in some Birthday celebrations.

Every time I visit I drive over the Susquehanna River while on Route 30.  And every time I see this awesome looking bridge in the distance.

It looks so neat that I seriously would like to stop right on Route 30 and take several pictures.  Unfortunately, there is NO PLACE to stop 🙁

But there is an exit to get to that neat old bridge.  Doug and I had stopped there during the summer.

Turns out it is in Columbia, PA.  A very cute old town and according to their website, Smithsonian Magazine named them one of “The 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2014”.

If you drive Route 30, you’ve seen the new ‘Turkey Hill Experience’ building – that is in Columbia as well.

Definitely a lot of neat things to explore there!  For this visit, it was just the bridge as the sun was setting.

The Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge looking north east towards Wrightsville PA.  Do you see those two dots just to the left of center in the photo?

Columbia PA Bridge 2 by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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Those dots were the beginning of a whole bunch of gulls flying over the bridge at sunset. There must’ve been at least 100! I was really surprised to see so many.

Columbia PA Bridge Gulls by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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This is looking north towards the Route 30 bridge.  Columbia is on the right.

Beyond the Route 30 bridge is Chickies Rock County Park off of 441/Chickies Hill Road.  Doug and I checked that out during the summer – beautiful views of the Susquehanna from there!  I’ll eventually post pictures from that visit and put a link to them here.

Columbia PA Bridge 2 by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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A crack in the sidewalk adorned by a tuft of grass growing suspended over the Susquehanna River.

Columbia PA Bridge Sidewalk by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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This is looking south west from the bridge at the two wind mills.  I’m always happy to see alternative energy sources at use.  Three Mile Island (nuke plant) is not too far from here.

Columbia PA Bridge Wind Mills by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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Looking back towards Columbia I saw not only the colorful trees and sky, but also a colorful train – bonus! 🙂

I’ve had a hard time figuring out which railroad line this is – Pennsylvania Railroad?

Columbia PA Bridge Train by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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Here are the railroad tracks in Columbia PA heading south that run next to the Susquehanna River and under the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge.

Besides the modern signals, this looks like an old scene.  I believe that is the old signal tower on the right.  And on the left, the building with the front porch probably saw many travelers pass by – it may have even been a general store at some point.

Columbia PA Bridge Train Tracks by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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The view from the bridge looking towards Columbia PA.  I just love the colors here!  The houses, the trees 🙂

Columbia PA Fall Color by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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And one last image of the Columbia-Wrightsville Bridge.  The sidewalks and lights leading to Wrightsville.

Columbia PA Bridge Lights BW by Beth Sawickie fall-stroll-columbia-bridge-susquehanna

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Now here’s the rest of the story from my PA road trip…

Green Juice, Thrifting & Photography

My ideal road trip involves stops to go to thrift stores and also photograph nature along the way.  This trip had it all!

I had the pleasure of driving out to York, PA during the beginning of November to celebrate birthdays with my best friend’s family.

Doug was working so I drove out on my own (my usual).  No problem for me – I really do enjoy the solitude and being able to listen to podcasts or books on tape (er.. CD or mp3).

I packed up healthy snacks and green juice for the ride.

Green Juice www.BethSawickie.com

Took Syd from The Suburban Monk along for the rainy ride…

Syd on the dashboard www.BethSawickie.com

The drive out was yucky – dreary, rain, and towards the end of my evening drive – fog beyond belief!

Needless to say, not good picture taking weather for me.

Actually, though – there WERE several good scenes I saw – BUT – I was on the PA Turnpike with nowhere to pull over!  And I think they frown upon a crazy lady with a camera sprinting across the highway to “get that shot”!

No photos on the way out…but there were THRIFT STORES 🙂

Thriftin’ My Way Through PA

I stopped at the Morgantown Goodwill where I found this AWESOME velvet mandala print blazer!!  Unfortunately, it was not my size 🙁

Mandala Print Blazer www.BethSawickie.com

Then I stopped at this Goodwill Outlet in Lacaster – pay by the pound!  Starts at $1.39/lb. and goes down from there dependent upon weight of purchase.

2 hours I spent in there going through bins of housewares, clothing and misc. items. It was definitely worth it.

On another day I also hit up a Salvation Army where I saw this embroidery kit that made me chuckle:

Retirement chuckle http://www.BethSawickie.com

All the thrifting was well worth it.

I ended up with some clothes for myself, a nice fleece for Doug, 2 new pieces of luggage (carry-on size with wheels), Christmas gifts, canning supplies, candles to make fire starters with, re-usable grocery bags (might use ’em for container gardening), sturdy back-packs to use for emergency kits in our cars, new Crocs to replace my busted ones and some things to sell too!

My car was pretty well packed.  Only negative…some of those things smelled like moldy basement – yuck!  I believe it was one of the bags, that sucker is being washed right now.

40th Birthday Party

Then there was the Birthday Party!  My main reason for driving out to PA in the first place.

My best friend’s husband just turned 40!  I remember when 40 seemed “old” – lol.

40th Birthday Party http://bethsawickie.com

We took photos of the Birthday boy and taped ’em to the sliding glass doors in the shape of 40.  Very cool idea that my friend probably picked up from Pinterest.

We also labeled water bottles and Hershey bars to commemorate the day.

Oh and the food (for me the best part) – there was penne with vodka sauce, homemade meat balls in sauce (or is it ‘gravy’?), sausage with peppers & onions (hot and sweet), chicken marsala and of course cake and desserts.

A good time was had by all – lots of laughs and smiles 🙂

Thanks for joining me on the “virtual stroll” –  check out other strolls HERE.

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