US-Canada Trip 2022 Day 7


I’m writing this post on my phone as opposed to my laptop. I’m not sure how it’ll look, so bear with me.

I traveled to 3 states yesterday. That must be some kind of record or maybe that’s just me because I’m from Western U.S. and the states are huge compared to the east. Anyway, we crossed into the US early in the morning after we were grilled by the custom officer.

He asked why, of all the cities in the whole world, we chose to visit Toronto and Ottawa. I don’t remember being grilled like this when I returned to the US after visiting Canada 5 years ago or is that just typical manner of the people on the east coast? Mom said he was just doing his job but really?

It certainly left a sour taste in my mouth.

We drove through New York and Pennsylvania before getting to our destination – Washington Crossing State Park in New Jersey. It surprised me by how green it was. Perhaps, it’s because I’m from out west where there’s little to no rain.

I loved the greenery and seeing the autumn colors starting to peek through. It was one of my purposes of the trip.

I’ve always wanted to see the place where George Washington crossed the Delaware river as depicted by the famous painting but it turned out, the painting had exaggerated the event as often history does. It was certainly a good history lesson and I learned quite a bit from this little history tour.

Which brings me back to why I’m writing this post on my phone. I stayed at the worst motel in the history of worst motel last night in Bordentown, New Jersey. I requested for a non-smoking room and the moment I entered the room, the smell of pot and smoke hit me like a punch in the face. I told front desk and all he did was spritzed air freshener in the room.

After he left, I discovered not only could I not get wifi in the room but my cell signal was gone too. It was like being sucked into a black hole. Normally, I wouldn’t mind a night without internet but I happened to need to modify the itinerary which involved modifying a few hotel reservations and I can’t do that when I don’t have internet.

After complaining to the guy and showing him the room was a black hole, he switched me to another room. Still, the smell of pot and smoke hit me when I opened the door. I’ve stayed at plenty of bad motels before but this is by far the worst.

Well, I’ll reporting from Philadelphia for the next 2 days. Hopefully, my living accomodations improves.

CMMC: September Color – Bright Pink or Magenta


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CMMC: September Close Up


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CMMC: August 5th Week – Fruit


Is it weird that when I think of fruit, I think of these? A photo taken all the way back in February of this year when I took a walk in the city park near the library? In the midst of winter, these wild blueberries don’t look so good.

I might be one of those weirdos who love tart fruit. Sweet fruit, to me, sounds boring while tart fruits, like this star-fruit, feels more adventurous to my taste-buds.

I think these are blackberries but they don’t look like the typical blackberries I find in the store. They sure look interesting, though.

Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge

CFFC: Man-Made Items #WordlessWednesday


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CMMC: August Alphabet – N in the Middle


Lone Tree on a Mountain
Springs
Spinach

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CFFC: Basically Two Colors


It was tough to pick photos for this week’s topic as not many photos have only 2 colors even though there’s a “basically” in the topic.

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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #213: Here Comes the Sun


This week, Amy from The World is a Book is the challenger for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and the theme of “Here Comes the Sun” (whether or not any relations to the Beatle’s song) was chosen.

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CMMC: August Pick a Topic


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CFFC: Shadows


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #212: Motion


Patti is leading this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge with the fun theme of Motion.

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CMMC: August Color – White or Off White


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CFFC: Connecting to the Present Moment


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Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #211: Photographic Groove


Anne from Slow Shutter Speed leads this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge with the theme of Photographic Groove.

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CMMC: August Close Ups


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CFFC: Reminders of Nature’s Beauty


There are many things that reminds me of nature’s beauty. One of which is the mountains. They give me a place to go when it gets boring and hot.

Another one is sunrises and sunsets. I think these are the most beautiful parts of the day – one marks the beginning and the other marks the end.

And let’s not forget the plants and flowers, I think they are nature’s way of adding beauty to the greenery.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #210: Three Favorites


This week, Sarah from the blog Travel with Me is guest-hosting Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #210 and she is asking us to pick three favorite photos from different categories and explain why.

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A New Lens!


My mom once said my dad is living through me via a camera but I think it’s the other way around.

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#SundayStills – All About #Roadtrip


The theme for this week’s SundayStills is all about road trips, whether it’s recent or long past. For the last few years, I’ve had at least one road trip each year. They were all memorable in one way or another and I still find myself reflecting on them from time to time.

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CFFC: Would Make a Friend Happy


Gifting a giant teddy bear
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CMMC: July Pick a Topic


Garden after rain
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CMMC: July Primary Colors


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CFFC: Brings a Smile to My Face


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