Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Here is a view we'll miss out on this spring unless we trespass. The pedestrian bridge at the end of our street is being rebuilt and is closed for the next four to five months. Since the bridge gets us away from cars and puts us almost 100' above Six Mile Creek while granting a direct route to East Hill, Cornell and much of the north side of Ithaca, we consider it a true friend and great neighbor. One can't help but look upstream as you pass over, either to turn away from the bitter wind, for the breathtaking view or both.
They started work last fall with some preparations. Trees were cleared away, some thought too many but for once I wasn't too alarmed, none of those trees were there when it was built and what's there will fill in much of the space. A road was built for access and everything removed. Fortunately not all at once, I was able to obtain several locust posts before they finished.
Stunning from both ends. Gail and I got a rare treat during a spring storm a few years ago and were able to ski across. I have to credit the city crews, they clear the snow off the deck pretty early, most of the time they're at it when I go to work. On days like this one, however, when school is closed I'll go over once with a shovel for the early birds.
It provides the perfect vantage for viewing high water events too. In extreme cases the islands get covered, and once or twice this big concrete block from a previous bridge is fully submerged. In this picture it is creating the ripple just above the trees in the center of the creek.