Hubby and I took our first road trip in over a month last week. We check the weather for thunderstorms and we saw sunny, and of course, hot weather ahead. We brought food/snacks and hand sanitizer and masks. The Governor had lifted the 100-mile limitation of driving from home. I had not been to the historic Ellicott City in Maryland since their last two devasting floods. It is a small town of over 70,000 and sits just outside Baltimore. It was a mill town in Central Maryland and built along the Patapsco River.
"The town was founded in 1772 by three brothers, who took advantage of the location’s proximity to the Patapsco River to create a thriving milling industry. It later became a hub for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, with a train station (which stands to this day) built at the bottom of Main Street in 1831."
The museum was closed due to the virus as were some of the shops. Unfortunately, the devastating flood has forced many of the tourist shops to either close or semi-close as they work on remodeling. The river came down Mainstreet and you can go to this link for a complete documentary of the tragedy.
"In 2019, Ellicott City was still reeling from the disastrous downpour of May 27, 2018, when a severe rainstorm walloped the town, leading to flash floods that ravaged roads and buildings and killed one person. It was the second torrential, 1,000-year storm to pummel the town in as many years. On July 30, 2016, heavy rain soaked Ellicott City in a span of just a few hours, causing flash floods that inundated Main Street, wiped out storefronts and vehicles, and killed two people."
Even today the danger is still there, although they are continually working on re-directing the river.
There were people on the streets, but only a few tourists. Most were working or getting lunch. Main street is an uphill downhill walk!
While there were places to eat lunch, we opted to eat our own food. It did not help the retailers, but we are over 60 and must be very careful.
If you look closely at the photo of the shop window above, you can see the reflection of hubby and I playing at tourist.
We managed to fritter away the entire day by including a 3-mile walk along the river and got home just before dinner time. A good break before we hunker down in the week ahead.