This was my second year attending the Wassail Weekend activities in Woodstock, Vermont. Attending is always a bit of a stretch for us. Last year, naps still necessitated things running smoothly for our little one, and she was pretty sleepy (and cold!) during the horse parade, but we watch it in its entirety. This year, she fell asleep on our drive over. We were already late, and I spent the first 20 minutes of the parade looking for parking, followed by another 10 walking into town. But, we got to the green in time to see a few ponies and Santa. A man in the parade gave us a gigantic inflated candy cane—a win for the wee one.

As the sun began to set at winter's god-awful early sunset hour of 3:30, I took a few shots of Middle Covered Bridge.

Woodstock Middle Bridge, Woodstock, Vermont
The setting sun shines through, highlighting the woodwork of Middle Covered Bridge.

After the parade and the lighting of the yule log, we walked down Elm Street passing the First Congregational Church and crossing the Ottauquechee River on the little iron bridge. We decided to move our car closer to town, as it was parked near Billings Farm.

After a quick stop at the visitors center, we explored the nearby walking bridge and the river that flows underneath. Next, we made our rounds at Red Wagon Toy Co., The Woodstock Pharmacy (great toy collection in basement), and Unicorn.

It was getting late, virtually dusk. It was only 4:00 pm. But I noticed the luminaries being lit, and beautiful lights twinkling at The Woodstock Inn and Middle Bridge.


Finally, we headed home to West Lebanon. Via Pomfret.


Location unknown, possibly Pomfret Road or Galaxy Hill.
A house with its own covered bridge. Pomfret Road. South Pomfret, Vermont.