of barns & covered bridges ~ crossing the mason-dixon line

Saturday, September 21:  After leaving Emmitsburg, Maryland with directions in hand from the owner of the Holy Grounds Cafe, I follow a number of country roads in search of some covered bridges.  To my surprise, I cross over the Mason-Dixon line into Pennsylvania.

I pass a number of barns along the way.

a barn just being a barn
a barn just being a barn
another barn
another barn
Another barn
Another barn
threatening skies
threatening skies
rustic barn
rustic barn
abandoned barn?
abandoned barn?
i love the overgrown look of this barn
I love the overgrown look of this barn
barn taken over by nature
barn taken over by nature

The Sachs Covered Bridge is just over the Pennsylvania line.  It was built in 1852 by David S. Stone and is a lattice-truss bridge that extends 100 feet across Marsh Creek.  The bridge was also known as the Sauches Covered Bridge at the time of the Battle of Gettysburg. It sits in the Gettysburg National Military Park and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge

During the American Civil War, both the Union and Confederate Armies used the bridge in the Battle of Gettysburg and its aftermath (1863).

Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge

The bridge was closed to automobiles in 1968.  In 1996, it was damaged by floods but it was restored by Adams County as a scenic bridge.

Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge
Sachs Covered Bridge
Lattice-truss design of Sachs Covered Bridge
Lattice-truss design of Sachs Covered Bridge

I never find the second covered bridge that I’ve heard about.  After this little dip into Pennsylvania, I head south as the skies that have been threatening all morning open up.  All I see through the rest of my drive home are my windshield wipers and sheets of rain all around.

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a cloudy afternoon in emmitsburg, maryland

Saturday, September 21: After my morning photography outing at Cunningham Falls State Park, I head to the little town of Emmitsburg, founded in 1785 and a part of Frederick County, Maryland.  I’ve been told it’s a cute little town, quintessential Americana; it’s the home of Mount Saint Mary’s University and a Catholic pilgrimage site. The Basilica and National Shrine of St. Elizabeh Ann Seton, the first U.S. born saint, are also here; the saint’s relics are entombed at the shrine (Wikipedia: Emmitsburg, Maryland).

Church & cemetery in Emmitsburg, Md
Church & cemetery in Emmitsburg, Md
Cemetery in Emmitsburg, MD
Cemetery in Emmitsburg, MD
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Church in Emmitsburg
Church in Emmitsburg
The Vigilant Hose!
The Vigilant Hose!

Emmitsburg is just south of the Mason-Dixon line, separating Maryland from Pennsylvania.

Gate to a cute yard
Gate to a cute yard

Once again, I’m on a quest to take pictures for an Instagram challenge, #WHPdoortodoor.  The challenge is to take interesting photos of, you guessed it, doors.  As far as I’m concerned, American doors are not that interesting, but I try my best.  If only I had been taking these pictures in Portugal, or Spain, or even Oman or Nepal or India.

Bar
Bar
Cemetery
Cemetery
Sunflower
Sunflower
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg
Church in Emmitsburg
Church in Emmitsburg
Doors in Emmitsburg
Doors in Emmitsburg
For Rent
House For Rent
Door in Emmitsburg
Door in Emmitsburg

After I wander about the town, I stop in at the Holy Grounds Cafe for a pumpkin latte; here I sit and chat with the owner for a while in this part-cafe, part-religious relics store.  The owner is a music teacher who counts among his students many students from Mount Saint Mary’s University.  We talk for quite some time about the horrors of life in northern Virginia, where he used to live and of course where I live now.

Holy Grounds Cafe
Holy Grounds Cafe
Inside Holy Grounds Cafe
Inside Holy Grounds Cafe

After I enjoy my pumpkin latte, the owner directs me to some covered bridges outside of town; I’ve heard there are two in these parts.  As I drive through the countryside following his directions, I pass a barn doing what it does best: just being a barn.

A barn just being a barn
A barn just being a barn

a photography outing at cunningham falls state park

Saturday, September 21:  Today I join a photography group to explore the waterfalls at Cunningham Falls State Park in Maryland.  Last evening, I went to a photography store to buy a tripod, which I have never used before. I also bought some filters.  I checked into the price for a wide-angle lens, but sadly, I can’t afford $700 now. Feeling all geared up, I embark on this new adventure.

Sadly the waterfall doesn’t have much water in it because there has been so little rain over the summer.  It is also quite an overcast day.  This is my first experiment with a tripod and a filter.  I can’t say I’m overly impressed with my first attempts.

waterfall at Cunningham Falls State Park
waterfall at Cunningham Falls State Park
waterfall
waterfall
waterfall
waterfall

Cunningham Falls State Park is in the Catoctin Mountains. It is divided into two separate but unique areas. Today, we visit the William Houck area with its lake, falls and campground.

creek bed
creek bed
Cunningham Falls State Park
Cunningham Falls State Park
Mossy stump
Mossy stump
tinges of autumn
tinges of autumn
spiky fallen trees
spiky fallen trees
spiky standing tree
spiky standing tree

The park is named for its 78-foot waterfall. Cunningham Falls are the largest cascading waterfalls in the state. The falls are locally known as McAfee Falls.

waterfall taken with tripod
waterfall taken with tripod
waterfall
waterfall
filtered green
filtered green
greenery in the forest
greenery in the forest
tree barnacles
tree barnacles
a bed of green
a bed of green
rock-lined path
rock-lined path
leftovers
leftovers
Ice cold Coca-Cola
Ice cold Coca-Cola