Road Trip

March 25, 2015

BW photograph of the Chesapeake City, MD. canal bridge.

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

A quintessential component of American culture is the “road trip”.  The ability to get into a motor vehicle and drive to another place, both physically and mentally, can be one of the most effective coping mechanisms for the management of the stress of daily living.  Part of what makes this so American is that the road trip forms a marriage of car culture, music, food, and the core values of freedom and independence.

BW photograph of traps and floats in Chesapeake City, MD.

Copyright 2015 Kevin P. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

It is interesting to think what would have happened to that marriage were it not for the open road.  From a historical perspective, President Dwight D. Eisenhower is largely responsible for the interstate highway system as it exists in the United States.  During World War II, the then General Eisenhower  had served as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe and had gained first-hand experience with how valuable an interconnected road system could be to a country.  The culmination of President Eisenhower’s vision of such a system was the passing of The Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956, which significantly changed American life.  The fundamental means for a road trip was realized and the imprint it left on American culture can be seen throughout various industries:  music (think about Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run); food (the drive-in and the rise of the fast food chains); movies and television (Route 66 was a popular TV show); and finally, the proliferation of motor vehicles themselves (“See the USA in a Chevrolet” was a slogan at one time).

BW photograph of Whiteoak House in Chesapeake City, MD.

Copyright 2015 Kevin p. Mick Photography. All rights reserved.

Not all is so adventurous or nostalgic, though, as anyone stuck in traffic during rush hour can attest-and there are many other downsides; however, the goal of this post is to remain (at least somewhat) wistful.

The photographs included here were made during a short trip up I-95 North to Chesapeake City, Maryland.  (The “I” stands for “interstate”.  You can drive from Maine to Florida on I-95.)  This was far enough away to be “gone”, yet close enough to have not created exhaustion from the ride itself.  That, too me, is the perfect definition of “road trip”.

Take care.

 

 

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