So, here's a picture of the bridge from end-to-end, with the longest end measuring 13.5 feet or 22 boards. You can see it's not very long. With overhangs on both buildings, the number of steps of actual wet comes down to only two or three. Our answer to the question is, "nope we don't mind." In fact, we add, "we look forward to our mini outdoor experience and our pleasing garden experience." The true test has been this winter-of-weather. We've, in our short time of residence, had snow, wind, ice, rain and cold for some true tests. No regrets!
In the latter two pictures, I was on my back on the bridge looking up and to the side through the bridge.