Inspired by a fellow blogger, I decided to take the long way home from work this afternoon. After travelling over the bridge that crosses the C&D Canal, I went through the town of Chesapeake City. I travel over this bridge every single day and I love it because it's very high and the views are incredible. On a clear day, I can see west almost to the Elk River which flows into the Chesapeake Bay, and east to the Delaware River. The Chesapeake & Delaware Canal is a short cut for ships to get from the Chesapeake Bay to the Delaware River and the ports of Wilmington, DE and Philadelphia, PA. And to infinity and beyond!
I stopped by the newly-built viewing platform at the waters' edge where I snapped the first photo. My favorite restaurant is off to my right. We enjoy bringing our visitors to this little town for a wonderful meal and a walk about afterwards. My husband and I have been coming to the same restaurant since the early 1980's when we lived in Pennsylvania. Back then, it was well over an hour's drive to get to the place, but the food was and still is incredible.
I got back in the car and headed homeward, passing the nursery that's near my home. I was thinking of taking a picture of the trees lined up like this for one of Miriam Lovell Dyer's photo assignments last week. But I didn't have my camera with me. Besides, I shot this one out of the car window, so it's not lined up like I would have preferred. It still gives you a sense of depth, though. And this nursery is huge.
Then I saw this beautiful tree and got out to take a close-up shot. I wanted to ask my husband what kind of tree this was, but he went to bed early tonight, and it's not in our Audubon tree book! Nor can I find it on the internet. It looks almost like a chrysanthemum-flowered magnolia but it doesn't have enough petals.
I came home and heard about what a naughty dog George had been this afternoon. He didn't come when he was called and he could tell by the sound of his father's voice that he'd done something wrong today. So he hid behind me. Naughty dog for his father, sometimes George is. (Sounded like Yoda there, didn't I?)
I ended my afternoon by taking George for the first walk since my knee surgery. We went down to the end of the driveway and back, staying on the macadam farm road. Yay for me! I did it.
Sometimes taking the long road lends itself to a few surprises, doesn't it? I don't often come this way, but I'm glad I did today.
Hey, I warned you not to get too excited here. If you're looking for excitement, you've definitely come to the wrong place! Unless you're into inter-species love. Oh, yes. Just see the post below . . .