Short takes, happenstance, and the last of Road Trip 2020

Boats at St. Michaels
Buggy, Amish Country, PA

All good things must come to end, we suppose. And so it is that we are concluding our series — Road Trip 2020 — with this last post. And what a trip it has been: Knoxville, TN; Staunton, VA; Gettysburg, PA; and on to the Eastern Shore of Maryland before looping back home. We took side roads and lesser highways just so we could roll down the windows, smell the fresh air, and see what there is to see in America’s small towns and byways. A rich experience for us, and by no means hurried or filled with a preset itinerary.

And since there was time for old-fashioned lollygagging, we offer up four places we found mostly by accident. Places we explored for a short while and then moved on to our spend-the-night destinations.

Now, be prepared. Often these photos are less than stellar. After all, I used the hang-the-camera-out-the-window-and-click trick as Bert kept driving. But we have memories just the same. And we’re sharing them with you.

Loys Station Covered Bridge, near Thurston Maryland

Traveling north on Highway 15, we saw signs near Thurston, Maryland, touting the covered bridges of Maryland. So we veered off the main road to see one: Loys Station. Called a “multiple king post wooden covered bridge,” Loys Station was originally built in 1848, reinforced between 1929-30, but partially destroyed by an arsonist fraudulently trying to collect insurance money. The bridge has been tastefully (and strongly) rebuilt, making it a site worth seeing — and driving through. The park next to it is a lovely place for sitting and watching the cars go by!

Loys Station Covered Bridge, Maryland
Loys Station Covered Bridge near Thurston, Maryland

Amish Country, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

After leaving Gettysburg, we followed Highway 30 to Lancaster County, PA, home of the Amish. Fortunately for us, it was Sunday, and families were walking home dressed in their Sunday best along the highway running through Intercourse, PA. Or traveling in horse-drawn carriages. We respected their wishes for privacy by never leaving our car, but we couldn’t help taking a few photos as we drove past, photos that are shaky at best, but still capturing the simple life in Lancaster County.

Assateague National Seashore

Although we only had time for a quick drive-through here as well, we captured a bit of the natural landscape at Assateague on the way to the Eastern Shore. Of course, we wanted to see the ponies! The first goal was easy to attain — even by staying in the car. We gazed longingly at marshlands, bird sanctuaries, and landscapes that went on as far as the eye could see. But we don’t have much to show for our efforts. The ponies we’d heard so much about were quite a distance away. And I’m hardly skilled at taking shots of birds in still positions, let alone in flight. Just know that we came, we saw, and we fell in love with this part of the world, even if pictures don’t reveal the true beauty.

White pony at Assateague
Ponies at Assateague

Longwoods School — Talbot County, Maryland

We initially drove past this quaint little red schoolhouse, then looked at each other and said, “What was that?” A quick turn around put us squarely on the property, so we could take a closer look. Beautifully maintained, this 1900 schoolhouse reminds me of what I’ve read and heard about one-room schoolhouses, but what I’ve never seen except in the movies. Thanks, Talbot County, for preserving Longwoods School and reminding us of simpler times.

Longwood School, Talbot Co., MD
Longwoods School, 1900, Talbot County, Maryland

Thank you, dear readers, for following along on our Road Trip 2020. Even though we can’t travel abroad right now, we’ve found beauty in the U. S. , a beauty that is sometimes best appreciated from the back roads, byways, and waterways.

Barn in Amish Country, PA
Barn in Lancaster County, PA

If you missed any of our posts, they’re all gathered here. Hope you’ve enjoyed traveling with us.

Here’s to more travel in the future . . . fingers crossed!

Travel U.S.A.,

Rusha & Bert

22 thoughts on “Short takes, happenstance, and the last of Road Trip 2020

  1. gallivance.net

    Rusha, I think you did great with your hang-out-the-window photography. The Amish shots are particularly good – I love the little boy in the wagon.

    I’m happy that you and Bert were able to get in a road trip and return home healthy. I’m afraid these types of trips are all we can hope for in the immediate future, and honestly, once we adjust our expectations, we may get to appreciate them more and more. There’s a lot to see right here in the US, and it’s time to take advantage.

    Take good care of yourselves, and have a happy and healthy holiday. ~James

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      I loved driving through Amish country, so thanks for taking a look at the photos even if they were on the sky and only fair condition.
      Our hope is that we can travel again in 2021, and, as you noted, the good olโ€™ USA is looking quite good!
      Stay healthy and keep blogging.

  2. Pat Bean

    Thanks for bringing back good memories of all the places I visited. I especially remember the Assateague Horses. I took a guided boat trip to the island (wrote about it in Travels with Maggie). I gave up RVing in 2013, Now I’m wishing I still had that 21-foot class C so I could travel more during Covid. Happy Journeys.

  3. Green Global Trek

    What a wonderful combination of attractions! The red covered bridge is so attractive and somehow romantic. The Amish I find quite fascinating.. they are able to maintain a simple non materialistic way of life in todays modern times, it is impressive actually. Beautiful nature scenes too. Love the ponies and the birds.

    Peta

  4. Amy

    Beautiful photos of your road trip, Rusha. Love the covered bridge. These bird captures are so wonderful. The Longwoods Schoo is so well preserved. Thanks for taking us along. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Cowboy Bill

    I love your “less than stellar” pictures. These candid shots made our story come to life for me. For those in East TN who love covered bridges, check out the Harrisburg Covered Bridge near Sevierville. There is a recently built one near Gatlinburg called Emerts Cove Covered Bridge.

  6. WanderingCanadians

    Looks like this was a successful road trip! While travel options are limited these days, I’m sure it was still fun to explore all the towns and cities close-ish to home. By the way, I’m such a sucker for a covered bridge!!

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      We now love covered bridges as well. This was only the third or so that we have seen. All are interesting. Thanks so much for following us on our travels. If it weren’t so cold, I’d be piling in the car again!

  7. Toonsarah

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed road-tripping with you ๐Ÿ˜€ I think you do yourself an injustice regarding these photos – many are very good, especially as you took them from the car – I love the Amish ones and the egret ๐Ÿ™‚ I call taking photos as we drive ‘drive-by shooting’! But ‘lollygagging’ is a new word to me?

    1. Oh, the Places We See

      I love your term “drive-by shooting” and may have to use it in the future. I’ve been saying “lollygagging” since I was a kid, and my mom would tell me to hurry up and quite lollygagging around!!! It’s funny what you remember, right?

      1. Toonsarah

        Absolutely! I still use some of my late mother’s odd sayings (she always said she would ‘insult’ the map, for instance :lol:)

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