On the Road

From Houston to Rockport, Maine, are 12 states plus Washington, D.C. and a lot of hours in the car.  There’s probably a more efficient way to do the drive, but we had places to go and people to see which made the trip quite an adventure.

With my trusty camera at my side, I thought to pay attention to all that was outside my window and make some attempt to capture a scene that reflected the essence of place.  As the resulting photos show, the U.S. is a country of varying and interesting sights.

TexasIn Texas, early morning sun rises over refineries where work never stops.

bridgeThe Atchafalaya Bridge spans miles of Louisiana’s cypress swamps and reminds me of the time I ran out of gas on this bridge.  That’s another story!

MississippiHere and there in Mississippi are grand old mansions, symbols of another time.

tobacco barnIn Tennesee, tobacco barns are common sights in the countryside,

Smoky Mountainsand the Smoky Mountains live up to their name.

waterfallNorth Carolina is home to curving roads and rocky cliffs with tumbling waterfalls.

horsesOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHorses graze alongside Virginia highways,

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the Blue Ridge Mountains are a  lovely backdrop to city scenes.

Washington DCPassing through Washington, D.C., it is impossible not to be awed by the beauty of this U.S. capitol city where the Washington Monument soars above all else.

New JerseySurprisiingly, silos and newly mown hay line New Jersey highways,

New York Cityand a little further north, standing tall, is the imposing New York City skyline.   I would have loved to stop there for a day or two, but the hubby wasn’t keen on driving in the city.  Can’t say that I blame him.

covered bridgeMoving through New England, there are covered bridges

Linda_  030and tranquil scenes reflecting a slower pace.

highway sign/MaineAh, what a relief to see that we are closing in on Maine.

MaineFinally, the most welcome sign

Maineand the sights that are so familiar.

Rockport HarborCrossing the bridge over Rockport Harbor, my heart sings……HOME!

I so appreciate your visit and the comments you leave behind

32 thoughts on “On the Road

  1. Truly a beautiful on-the-road post for the beautiful America! Thank you 🙂

  2. I really love a pretty sky.

  3. Me encantan las fotografías son geniales. Ha estado un regalo el visitar tu bloc, te invito a visitar el mío y espero que disfrutes del post de esta semana, la decoración hindú de jardines y si no eres seguidora me encantaría que lo fueras, te espero en mi bloc elracodeldetall.blogspot.com

  4. I love American road trips, and have seen quite a few of the places in your wonderful pics. I would love to visit Maine one day. I’ve read a few novels set in this State, the most memorable ones by Jodi Picoult. It sounds really beautiful there.

    1. Jodi Picoult is one of my favorites. Even when a book is not set in Maine, I’m amazed by how many have references to it.

  5. nutsfortreasure June 8, 2014 — 6:50 pm

    Welcome back and enjoy your time up here.

    1. Thank you, it is where I love to be.

      1. nutsfortreasure June 11, 2014 — 9:53 pm

        🙂 I just spent the day up in Maine as his birthday gift from me panning in a river all day and then 3 hr. ride back I am beat 🙂 in a good way.

  6. That was a long trip. Thanks for reminding us of the beautiful scenery in each area of our country. You captured the essence of each place perfectly.
    Look forward to your Maine exploits.

    1. Still settling in, but the exploits will soon start!

  7. Welcome back to Maine. I really enjoyed the road trip photos and you are right…it was a long trip for you. How many days did you do it in?

    1. Would you believe 9 before we got totally tired of being in the car and schlepping suitcases!

  8. What a great photo trip you gave us through all those states! Glad you are back to your Maine home!

  9. This was such a great tour across the country. I was most interested in the cypress swamp. I have been through all the states you showed even LA, and I don’t remember this type of landscape. Looks like an interesting swamp, probably filled with gators.

    1. If you ever cross this bridge, you will see plenty of this scene. It is north of New Orleans.

      1. I have been in New Orleans for a whole summer and might have crossed this bridge. Maybe it looked different at that time.

  10. What gorgeous photos of your trip…I have done the northern route a few times, it’s a long haul, but well worth it to be home in New England! Enjoy your summer, Linda!

    1. You wouldn’t believe how happy I was for the trip to be over!

  11. Billie Keirstead June 6, 2014 — 9:17 am

    Remember me on your way home. I would love to see you.

  12. Your photos are beautiful and make me want to take a road trip..
    Enjoy the lobster rolls and beautiful views in Maine this summer!!

  13. Love it!

    Sent from my iPhone🌴♻


  14. Maine is the way life should be. The climate both environmental and political are unbearable.

      1. Glad you clarified that, though in Texas’s defense, it is a most pleasant place to live and the weather isn’t all that bad 7 months out of the year.

  15. Love your road trip! Welcome back to Maine.

  16. I love the photos, a whirlwind tour. 🙂

  17. Welcome back to the best coast! 🙂

    1. Ask me how happy I am to be back!

      1. Next best to doing the road trip with my husband, are your wonderful photos of the drive. North Carolina and the Blue Ridge especially tug at my heartstriings. Have a wonderful summer, and say “Hi” to my cousin, Cathy. XO

  18. Love your photos and quick hop through the states. Nice post!

  19. Wow, you covered a lot of space and different beautiful landscapes. Thanks for sharing this!!!

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