Times photographer Todd Heisler, high above in a helicopter, captures a watercraft on the move in Ocean City, Md, August 2, 2018. Ocean City, a resort town that draws millions of people annually, is Maryland's favorite summer playground, stretching for about 10 miles along a narrow barrier island just off the Atlantic coast. This image was part of the two-page photo essay, "Summer Escapes, From the Rooftops to the Shorelines," published September 26, 2018, in The Times. split Though the summer had floods, wildfires and political strife, national correspondent Dan Barry wrote that we sought sanctuary by reveling in our country's small pleasures. "We found refuge on a sailboat skimming calm waters," he wrote. "We cheered on racecars so loud that we could hardly think, dove underwater where cell service was absent, strolled a midway aloud with silly sounds and the shouts of barkers. With corn dog in hand, we escaped, if only for one summer's night."