Every year on the last day of school, I journey down to Ocean City, MD. Living in Ocean City for the summer is a blast, but the drive to the beach is what really starts my summer. My three-hour car ride consists of different sights and sounds which I see every year.
Music is one part of the adventure to OC that really gets me excited for the summer time. Bands such as Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution, Ballyhoo!, and Dirty Heads can be heard the entire car ride. All these bands have great melodies and vibes, which tell me that summer is finally here.
My drive to Ocean City is the same every time which I think makes it special. When driving to OC, I pass by different things which I see each year, and they inform me how far away I am from Ocean City.
My favorite part of the drive, and something that everyone knows about is the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
This 4.3-mile long bridge informs me that I am officially en route to my second home. The Bay Bridge is my one hour mark. After I cross the bridge, I realize that I am a third of the way to OC.
After driving to Ocean City for so many years, some little family traditions start to form. Once I get over the bridge, the next stop is Chipotle in Easton.
This Chipotle is just about 40 minutes away from the Bay Bridge, and it has become an annual stop for me and my brother. While we go to Chipotle, my parents enjoy the neighboring Panera, and then we all meet back at the car and continue our journey.
After Chipotle, I am now more than halfway to my final destination. Once I get through Easton, I can finally start to see and smell all the farmland. All the way through Cambridge and eventually to Salisbury, there is nothing but farmland.
Once I hit Salisbury, then I really know I’m getting close to Ocean City. A shy 30 minutes away from OC, Salisbury is one of the last towns I go through.
The final step on the trip to Ocean City is the Route 90 bridge.
This is the bridge that leads right into Ocean City on 62nd street. Once I see the OC skyline, I finally know I made it to my second home.