Day Trippin’

Motor Man and I recently began taking occasional day trips.   Usually  we head to the Outer Banks, but last week, we decided to go to the Northern Neck region of Virginia, which is about a two-hour drive for us.  We had heard of two tiny ferries in that area, and thought it would be fun to take a ride.

We woke early that morning to a pretty pre-sunrise sky.

sunrise 9-24-2015 6-27-08 AM

 As we neared the first ferry, Sunny Bank, we saw signs that it wasn’t operating that day.  But we decided that we’d continue on, just to see the “dock”.  Once there, we determined that tidal flooding was, most likely, the reason there was no ferry service.

sunny bank 9-24-2015 11-00-57 AM

So….. on to the other ferry, Merry Point. Along the way, we passed through this intersection.  You just gotta love the name “Hoecake Road”.

sign 9-24-2015 12-45-00 PM

We were in luck: Merry Point Ferry was in service. If you look closely, you can see the ferry cables.

ferry 9-24-2015 12-54-26 PM

The ferry crosses the Corrotoman River and has a capacity of three vehicles and six passengers.  A pick-up truck boarded the ferry after we did.  Apparently, the driver was a local, and he and the captain were deep in conversation during the approximately 5-minute crossing.  We didn’t want to interrupt to ask to have a picture taken of us.  So we did the next best thing. I took one of Motor Man:

jr 9-24-2015 12-58-40 PM

And he took one of me.

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In the time it took to take a couple of pictures, we were on the other side.

ferry landing 9-24-2015 1-01-03 PM

So that was our most recent day trip: nothing fancy, nothing expensive, just a ride through pretty country on a nice day.

~These Days Of Mine~

10 responses to “Day Trippin’

  1. I love a nice day trip. Thanks for taking us along on yours. What a beautiful sunrise shot!

  2. Nothing fancy, Nothing expensive – they’re the best kind. What a quaint drive after a beautiful start.

  3. You are so lucky to have a man that likes to explore!

  4. Nothing fancy and nothing expensive is the best sometimes!
    I did find these on Google Earth, but I missed Hoecake Rd.. I’ll have to go back !

  5. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    What a lovely day trip. Chuck and I enjoy doing those too.

  6. Looks like a nice little trip for two!


  7. Isn’t that the best? Just exploring? My husband and I did that this summer when he’d have the day off. Good memories – and isn’t that the point? Just spending time together and making memories!?

  8. It is charming you jump in the car and take these “Dayventures”. I loved the taking turn pictues; just the lovely peacefulness of a day with the one you love. It’s a good thing .

  9. That looks like a totally fun crossing! And the Scenery is great! I wonder who lives on Hoecake Road?

    I love riding on the inland ferries here in BC. My sister’s place is on the cliffs above the Ferry Dock to Vancouver Island (and the Gulf Islands and Nanimo) and the ferry horn startles me every time it blows!
    NM (Nellie’s Mom)

  10. What a pretty morning–sure to be a nice day. I saw a ferry sign on one of my excursions back from our daughter’s. I got there, greeted by a sign it wasn’t running that day, and two cute little dogs. It crosses the Rappahannock somewhere NW of Kilmarnock. It might be the size of the one you rode.

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