There are places that punch a hole through time and leave an echoing gap where past and present face each other.
Historic Ellicott City, Maryland is one of those places.
Walking the streets there, it’s hard to remember what year it is, and who you are, and that there’s a world outside this valley.
A year ago, most of the downtown was under water. An unprecedented rainfall caused a flash flood that decimated businesses in the deep valley on the shores of the Patapsco River.
Many of those businesses have recovered, and new ones have taken the place of those that wouldn’t or couldn’t come back. Most of the city is as beautiful as ever.
Walking around with Lucinda, it was possible to forget that the world had ended and been reborn here.
But as night crept down the hill, it got easier to imagine the city underwater, mud and silt blanketing everything, cold, darkness filling buildings and cars and lungs.
I think Lucinda might have stayed there forever if I let her. She even attempted to make some friends with the locals.
But welcoming as historic Ellicot City was, we had our beds to go back to, and more adventures to look forward to in the morning.