If nothing else, the long drive drove home (no pun intended) to my wife and daughter just how big the United States really is. All those hours on the road, and we were still in just one state (and only the 35th biggest one at that!). Being a driver used to long hauls, I didn't mind the long drive, but the girls were surprised by how many different freeways we used on the trip down (and back). Proof that size matters was further in evidence when we crossed Chesapeake Bay on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, a 23-mile (37 kilometers) long span that includes two tunnels. On an artificial island where the road descends into the first tunnel, we parked our car and got out to take in the scene. The other side of the bay couldn't be seen.
At the seaside, two elderly Korean women were looking for crabs in the surprisingly clear water: