What a marvel that Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel. Every time I drive across the 20-mile structure, I’m impressed. As an architect’s daughter I might have a deeper appreciation for its construction than the average Joe. I wish I took more photos of it, especially the sections of the bridge where it disappears beneath the water. What a marvel!
Driving Through the Tunnel
While underground in the tunnel, I look around and appreciate how clean and dry it is. Although it’s been years since I’ve traveled through the Lincoln Tunnel, I do remember how dirty it used to be. I had plenty of chances to note the dirt because on more occasions than I can count I was suck there in traffic.
It’s not fun being stuck in the Lincoln Tunnel as exhaust fumes begin to accumulate. Without a visible upward air vent the fumes become overwhelming, depending on how long you’re stuck. There were times when the exhaust fumes become so thick that I made a mental note to purchase a gas mask and leave it in the car for just such occasions. Fortunately I no longer commute through the Lincoln Tunnel. It’s probably cleaned up now, but I still shudder at those memories.
The Chesapeake Bay tunnels are clean and a pleasure to drive through. I was especially fortunate because there was no traffic and we were able to sail through with nothing but awe and appreciation. I wonder if I would have been so magnanimous if there were bumper to bumper traffic.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Scenic Overlook
The scenic lookouts are worth a stop. The only unfortunate part of my picture-taking lookout experience was the presence of chemtrails in the sky above.
A digression: Chemtrails are a heart breaking product of the modern world. I remember admiring the beautiful scenery as I was sitting on a commuter train to London. However, I was taken aback when I noted the telltale signs of chemtrails in the European skies. I thought it was just the Americans that engaged in such environmentally destructive practices. End of digression.
If you’re ever fortunate enough to take a drive through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/Tunnel in the morning, make sure to bring your camera (that’s a silly sentence…now a days, everyone travels with a camera). The sights are worth photographing. I’m sure it’s probably just as impressive in the evenings around sunset. I’ll have to schedule a bridge trip one evening just as the sun is about to set and traffic is light. I’m sure it’s just as spectacular as it is at sunrise.
That’s the beauty of traipsing around. If you don’t take in all the scenery the first time, you can always go back again.