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v revive the sunday dri e By jaCqueline arnold I Office of Agriculture Once upon a time, automobiles were driven mostly for pleasure and less for commuting to work or running errands. In the 1920s, however, with the innovation of mass production techniques and more affordable cars, the tradition of taking a leisurely Sunday drive began to grow in popularity, no longer a privilege of the wealthy. Cars packed with families wearing their Sunday best became a common sight along country roads. With no schedule or destination in mind, the sole purpose of the outing was simply the joy of driving out of town and taking in the scenery. l The Sunday drive tradition began to peter out by the mid-60s and virtually became a pleasure of the past by the 70s. It’s hard to pinpoint what led to the demise of this once highly regarded pastime—maybe a combination of the price of gas, population growth, overdevelopment, increased traffic, environmental concerns, more novel things to do...who knows? What we do know is that it was a simpler time when schedules weren’t overbooked and families could spend an entire day together enjoying what the open road had to offer. l Fast forward to 2020 and COVID-19 with its social distancing challenges—possibly the perfect time for a family Sunday drive. Visiting the Agricultural Reserve is just the ticket for a relaxing ride full of picturesque views along rural rustic roads. l If you are ready to revive the Sunday drive and want a little direction, here’s a suggestion for a scenic two-hour jaunt. The route highlights picnic areas (remember to pack it), walking/hiking trails and scenic photo spots, if you have more time. And for your ongoing enjoyment, stay tuned for more guided driving tours brought to you by the Rustic Roads Advisory Committee and Heritage Montgomery. But no matter how you choose to wander—guided or freewheeling—you will be glad you did! continued on next page