Having inspected the small town of Kologriv, I took a short stroll to its near neighborhood beyond the river Unzha. The road goes there for about 30 kilometers through the deaf villages (50 years ago there was much more there than now), then it rests on the forest and ends in a dead end. Despite this, through Unzhu on its right bank an unexpectedly large bridge built. On the other bank, I managed to look two villages - Sukhoverhovo and Ekimtsevo.


2. Once again look at Kologriv from the bridge over Unzhu. On May 1, and the river spilled abundantly.


3. On the other side - coastal meadows with flocks of wild migrating geese, which stop at this place every spring.


4. The bridge across the Unzha was built only in 1989 (before that there was a pontoon bridge a couple of hundred meters upstream). Passing the river, it gradually descends, turns into a dirt road.


5. I have already said more than once that Russia, in addition to width and length, also has depth. And even if Kologriv leaves the impression of a real wilderness, then the village of Kologrivsky district is already a new indicator of depth.


6. Almost immediately after the bridge - the village of Sukhoverhovo with beautiful ancient huts:


7. There is a school in Sukhoverhovo:


8. There are obviously country houses in this village. Summer residents here, apparently - who is from Kologriv, and who from Kostroma and even Moscow. In any case, once I was passed by a car with numbers located near Moscow.


9. Monument to fellow countrymen:


10. The road leads to the forest wilderness. Around the scenery of spring nature.


11. Willow:


12. The air on the first day of May warmed up to 25 C, and I walked in a T-shirt. It was a bit strange because of not drifting snowdrifts along the road. And in early January the temperature dropped below forty degrees.


13. And five kilometers from Kologriv behind Unzha is a small village of Yekimtsevo. Here, a quiet and leisurely life under the arches of a dense forest away from the main roads. Houses here without fences, and probably the owners do not lock the door...


14. And in the middle of this rural wilderness you can find a very unusual building for such a place. This agricultural school, built in the 1890s with money from the will of the Russian industrialist and philanthropist Fedor Chizhov, who was from Kostroma and greatly patronized his native province. In the Soviet years the school was transformed into the Kologriv school of animal husbandry, closed in 1986. Since that time, the building is abandoned (although judging by the state of the brickwork, not so long ago they were conserving), but still looks impressive.


15. A whole complex of manor type was built at the school. To the main facade is an alley originally planted with lindens, instead of which now cropped poplars.


16. Along the avenue there are beautiful wooden houses (apparently for the teachers of the school). Architecture, by the way, strongly resembles the railway houses of the same time (again recalled the failed station in Kologriv).


17. Although the school is abandoned, these houses are still residential.


18. But the land, unfortunately, overgrown with cow-weevil.


19. "livestock!"


20. Nearby - unfinished, apparently, the hostel of the technical school, which was abandoned after its closure. Next to it I sat down to make a meal, a few minutes later a woman with a stroller passed by me.


21. Nearby there is, apparently, a grain barn. I probably saw such buildings only in the museums of wooden architecture.


22. Another kind of brick building nearby:


 23. Type of school on the other side. They say that this building was recently bought, but so far, like, the new owners have not had time to do anything with it.


 24. The forest around this building. Kologrivsky forests, as already mentioned, are remarkable for their amazing untouchedness. Despite logging, the scale of which was quite large in the late 19th and 20th century, there are taiga forests in the north of the district with 250-year-old trees that have not experienced anthropogenic impact. There are not far from the city and the reserve "Kologrivsky Forest", which has been in operation since 2006.




26. Back to Kologriv I walked the same way on foot... In fact, the two villages I've seen are not the only interesting places on this shore of Unzhi. Even further north there is the village of Shablovo, in which the local artist Yefim Chestnyakov was born, and even there is his house-museum. Perhaps, on my next visit to Kologriv I will get there.

So, I returned to Kologriv on foot and hitch-hiked back to Manturovo, which after Kologriv seemed already a big and noisy city. There I spent the night in a hotel near the railway crossing, and the next morning I went to another city on the river Unzha, but to the south and downstream, - Makaryev. This was the last point of a short spring voyage. That's about it, and I'll tell you next time.




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