0144 Antique Capital (USA 071—revisit)

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Episode 04: Civil War Towns

 After I got back from Canada, my back was better, so I threw myself into work again… now, a couple of weeks later, I’ve suddenly realized that time is almost out for me to explore this region before I move out from here indefinitely.  Not to mention, I think there are still a number of towns which hide memories which I need to unearth. 

 The only problem:  I’m on a 10 hour a day, 60 hour a week workweek right now, so I’m going to have to get creative if I want to spend any time out on the road! 

 So here’s the plan: After my last day of work I get off at 2 am.  Start driving somewhere.  Stop at a rest stop and get some sleep.  Next day, get up and start exploring.  Sleep in the car again.

An example of Frederick "Fine Art" on display...
  Next day continue exploring, but also make my way back towards work so I can go straight back to work at 4 pm…

 Today I’m going to see if this is going to work.   After a night in the car, I continue on southeast into Maryland and make my first stop in the city of Frederick.  I remember coming here back in September 2005 the day before my trip to Hungary.  I brought me wife here and we had a pleasant stroll down Main Street, past rows of African American hairdressers… down past an open air vegetable market with a live concert going on and then had an exotic dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant.  I was fun to be able to discover a new culture in a very American town.

 Today I’m back to see what other little gems this little city might hide.

  I find the city has done a decent job renewing its downtown area--including a nice little park/shopping area along the stream. The bridges have an interesting painted on stone façade giving the stretch a classy feel. Even a lot of old, "working class" streets (with houses that probably weren't too attractive to begin with) have been nicely painted in a variety of bright colors. ...And of course, a Civil War museum and various markers showing street battles that took place around the city. 

But what Frederick seems to have the most of is lots and lots of antique stores.  large old multi story warehouses converted into pack rat heaven—with everything you can imagine that people hang onto.  I browse a couple of them just to try to get the gist of this interesting American subculture.

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Hood College
Hood College
An example of Frederick Fine Art…
An example of Frederick "Fine Art…
The Caroll St Bridge
The Caroll St Bridge
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