chesapeake and ohio canal, northwestern maryland

Day 57 – Maryland Panhandle Part 3

Day 57 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal

Today we started out on the Westernmost part of the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in northwestern Maryland near where the last three locks that were built to divert water from the Potomac River.  The canal was mainly used to transport coal from the Allegheny Mountains to D.C. where the route ended.  While it is no longer used for commerce, residents of the area enjoy hiking, biking, and camping along the trail. Continue reading “Day 57 – Maryland Panhandle Part 3”

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Day 56 – Maryland Panhandle Part 2

Day 56 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

With the intent to catch a few minutes of the Sunday night Cowboy football game, I tried the burger at Friday’s.  I didn’t make it through the whole game, but presumed they lost based on a friend’s text “Cowboys stink” at 12:52 am.   I retired next door in the Walmart parking lot which may as well have been a KOA campground. Twenty plus campers filled the outside parking spaces. Continue reading “Day 56 – Maryland Panhandle Part 2”

antietam national battlefield

Day 55 – Maryland Panhandle

Day 55 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

How about waking up to this sunrise every day?  At least I got to wake up to it for a day.  Not only did I see a beautiful sunrise, but also homemade cranberry scones, compliments of Katherine!  What a cook.  Just watching her, I learned a few tricks to try a year from now when I have an oven again. Continue reading “Day 55 – Maryland Panhandle”

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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Day 49 – Maryland’s Eastern Shore Sampler

Day 49 of Year Long Roadtrip Following Scenic Byways in the USA

I’m afraid I don’t have much to write about today…it was that time of the month…time to get an oil change and the spark plugs replaced.  At Charlie’s recommendation, I took VANilla to Rosemont Tire and Service to get lubed up for the rest of our adventure.  The staff was extremely accommodating, allowing the dogs to hang out in the lounge area with me for the morning. Thank goodness, because the outdoors was frosty and our short walk in the park nearby was VERY cold! Continue reading “Day 49 – Maryland’s Eastern Shore Sampler”