Spring is already well on its way and here I am, looking back at Winter. All these destinations are suited for every season so what the heck – let’s go for it! I’m not the type of person to hold on to blog posts until next snowfall and I can always pay them another visit when the trip is fresh in my memory. I’m also procrastinating the inevitable planning of this Summer’s long hike: typing posts beforehand, being super active in social media and even doing something new for a living. But onward! All this will probably change soon when I start posting stuff about packing, how to dehydrate food, planning the best way to approach the start of the hike and drawing lines on maps. Or you’ll see none of this because Spring is such an inspiring season and maybe I’ll have to write about how we didn’t prepare properly for our first Northern hike. But back to my original post:

When we talked about Kuusaankoski, we failed to mention this little Winter destination near it. It’s a hydro power plant in Kuhankoski, accompanied by a suspension bridge, which is one of three bridges (Kuhankoski suspension bridge, Kuhankoski canal bridge and Liisanniemi bridge) on this trail. The suspension bridge holds a story about a town association that united its force to keep the bridge a part of the landscape. You see, in December 2008, the bridge was under a demolition threat if the town couldn’t find a proprietor for it.

Town association Kyläseura Kuhaset ry did what needed to be done. The power plant and the suspension bridge were an inseparable couple and a vital part of the landscape. Not to mention the way from Kuhankoski to Harhala was significantly shorter with the bridge intact. In the end, the final price for it was 1€. With the help of Jyväs-Riihi ry they began renovating the bridge and these days it’s back in use and a major part of the Three Bridge Way.

The history books don’t reveal the exact date for the grand re-opening of the renovated bridge and there don’t seem to be any photos of it either. But as you can see, the scenery is beautiful. The old brick walls of the power plant looked pretty as well.

As I said, we visited the place in Wintertime, on a grayish day with a little ray of sunshine peeking through the clouds. As we were leaving, it started to snow in a way that could even be caught on camera. It’s never easy, capturing pictures of a snowfall unless the flakes are as big as napkins.

-Anne

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