Day 50 – Maryland’s Eastern Shore Sampler Part 2

Day 50 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

The dogs and I got a late morning start after enjoying a bagel and coffee (and dog food for them) at Kari’s efficiency.  Given I’ve been to Washington D.C. a couple of times, I didn’t visit the monuments again.  Their grandeur at deserves a photo, so I snapped a picture on my way out of town.  I returned to Maryland’s Eastern Shore to finish up yesterday’s scenic drive that I had cut short to arrive in DC. at a reasonable hour.

Cambridge, Maryland

We first stopped in Cambridge, Maryland and took a walk around the harbor on the Choptank River.  I didn’t even think to take a picture as the setting was more like a grassy park.  I was preoccupied with walking the dogs since today and tomorrow weren’t conducive to hikes.  After our walk, we visited Old Trinity Episcopal Church.

Old Trinity Episcopal Church

The church, constructed of brick in the late 1600s is the oldest chapel in continuous use in the nation.  The church sits on 89 acres next to the Church River by which some parishioners travel to attend Sunday service.  Aside the church is a cemetery with headstones marking the graves of soldiers who fought in the Revolution, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.  I believe the surrounding fence was once home to a cache as well, but it appears from a few logs that the cache has been lost or removed.

oldest chapel in continuous use in the nation

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

A few miles from the church, Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge serves as a safe haven for migrating geese in Maryland.  No dogs were allowed out of the car here, so we took the 5 mile scenic drive through the marsh lands and along the shore to see geese galore.

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel

The starting point of our drive tomorrow was in Williamsburg.  Some three hours away, I decided to drive there today as there were several places on tomorrow’s agenda.  The highlight of the day turned out to be the drive to Williamsburg.  I took the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel from Virginia’s Eastern Shore to Virginia’s mainland near Norfolk.  It was truly magnificent!  I’m certain anyone that commutes and has to pay the $12.50 toll daily may not be quite as mesmerized.  I, on the other hand, I haven’t seen anything like it.

Beginning of sunset before I got on bridge

After stopping for a propane tank inspection, I drove he 20 mile combination bridge/tunnel over the next 20-30 minutes.  I drove the whole thing while the sun was setting and passed through THREE tunnels.  It was spectacular!  I wonder how the engineers decided the crossing should be broken into bridges and tunnels and when each type of structure should be employed.  I highly recommend a sunset drive over this engineering marvel. ETB



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Beth Bankhead

Former public finance professional turned travel photographer and blogger.

4 thoughts on “Day 50 – Maryland’s Eastern Shore Sampler Part 2

  1. Spectacular sunset photo! I’m sure it was a breathtaking sight in person.

    I drove across the bridge and through the tunnels years ago — well, actually, I was a passenger. It’s pretty amazing! Any idea how long it took to build it? Or how old it is? I hope the $12.50 toll goes toward maintenance! 🙂

  2. Glad the weather has cooperated for you lately. I look forwrad to reading about your adventures in Williamsburg. I spent a wondeful Thanksgiving there with family one year and hope to go back some day with Joseph and Bobby. You picked the right time of year to be there! Enjoy!

    1. I bet Thanksgiving there was nice…VERY colonial…I went for our 6th grade trip for history class over Christmas break one year. It’s nice to come back and see it as an adult.

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