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15 June 2017 @ 04:41 pm
Staying an extra day in Virginia  
Today was the worst drive yet. I left around 7:15 which is way too late for me but I didn't feel well. I thought I was going to get sick. Some rooms I stayed in were way too cold and I had developed a sore throat. I'm extremely cold sensitive and if I get a sore throat I almost always get sick afterwards with a cold or flu. I CANT get sick on a trip like this because I am alone. Though I was warm in the hotel in NY I still had a bad night with my throat from the previous times. But by the time it was time to get up it was better. I bought some cough drops and will take one tonight. I hope nothing will happen. But well the drive from NY to Winchester VA sucked. The construction was terrible. You couldn't go the speed limit. Everything was slower and I have learned to hate trucks. They were EVERYWHERE clogging up lanes, going slow and in huge long lines that never end so you can't really pass them for long. I was physically hurting from the driving. It was already a slow 5 hour drive because of speed limits but GPS doesn't take construction and trucks into account. I think I lost an hour. I probably drove 6 hours. The weather was cloudy which made me sleepy. Don't worry I don't fall asleep at the wheel. I turn the AC on really cold which keeps me alert. I use my temp weakness to my advantage when driving. But I was stressed and though I took two IBprofins I was till in pain. I was very uncomfortable. I stopped more than usual and I wasn't sure if I could make it and do it all over again tomorrow. It's another 5 hours to NC from Winchester. That is over my limit. Four hours is what I'm comfortable with. I finally got to the hotel and was a wreck. No way I can do it again so soon. I was having neck ,arm and back pains. So I talked with Chris and ACTipton and I'm staying an extra night in Winchester to recover. I need to tell my aunt I'll be arriving a day late and to leave a key for me if they are out. I'm about out of gas too on this trip but made it on one tank. I would have had a quarter if there wasn't all this trouble. I'll fill up tomorrow and wash the windshield. I sooo need to rest.

Anyway here is a video of my crossing the bridges at 1000 islands.

Now for some pics.

I was so happy to see CVersailles had framed my Christmas card and had it in her bird room. This was so nice.

Fear with a full sized Nepenthes truncata. I can't wait for mine to get this big one day.

Fear next to one of the biggest blue agaves I have ever seen. This was beautiful. Apart from tropical green houses I love the desert green houses too.

"I wanna touch it!" This sign made me laugh and reminded me of "Art" the monster from Monsters University that when he hear that "You do not want to touch" the spike balls he said "I want to touch them."

I loved these door handles at the Montreal botanical gardens. You can see several plants in one. There's what seems to be a tomato, grasses and the over all shape reminds me of a nepenthese pitcher.

Preening Canada Goose. I love these geese. They're so big and soft looking. We don't have any geese in FL so I'm happy to see these.

And I think I saw my first chipmunk on this trip and then this happened. This is a mother and baby. Funny I was taking pics of a chipping sparrow when these two ran out. The mom ran between my legs and the little one just stopped and looked at my shoes. Then they started climbing up my leg and I was very amused by this, that wild animals come to me and trust me. I let them for a short time then moved away. I don't know why they liked my shoes so much.

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Desthagirion on June 15th, 2017 11:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm still not fully recovered. I was talking to Chris and felt it again. Luckily I bought some cough drops that seem to be helping some. I don't mind them so long as they stay in their lane. If they are fish tailing or look like they are going to force their way in then I don't like it. I also worry that they won't see me in their mirrors. I have been tempted to honk when pulling up beside them so they don't just get in my lane. But yeah I hate them now. Yeah I need a day to recover. I feel pretty bad today and need to relax. I'll be going to ACTipton's next and then my aunt's. Gosh still several days before I can get home. Not good. I so wish I was home now. Ah ok. I didn't see your comments on DA. I post then I get off after linking here. Yes it's a quote from Art. "I wanna touch it."

Edited at 2017-06-15 11:02 pm (UTC)
kabuldur: Asterkabuldur on June 16th, 2017 08:47 am (UTC)
Oh no, you have been up where it is cold and have a sore throat! A rest day is well in order. Yep, I would find 6 hrs way over my limit. I get the construction and the trucks. Both are annoying and slow you up. And also use more fuel. Rest well, my friend. Some cough drops will be just the thing.

Nice drive over the 1,000 island bridges. Nice scenery.

That was cool of CVersailles to frame your Christmas card! It was definitely the best I received last Christmas.

Nice to see Fear with the nepenthes Truncata and the agave.

Pretty Canada Goose and how cool to have a baby chipmunk run up your pants!

Very clever of that artist to incorporate several plants into those doors.

Desthagirion on June 16th, 2017 03:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm fighting the sore throat. I bought some herbal teas because everything else here has caffeine. I definitely need this day to rest. The cough drops are helping too.

It was nice too bad I couldn't see the islands because I was driving haha. Aw I'm glad you liked your card so much too.
The stuff at the botanical gardens was great. I liked it a lot. The chipmunks were a pleasant surprise.
kabuldurkabuldur on June 17th, 2017 09:55 am (UTC)
Good move to buy the herbal teas. I hope you make it home safely.

The chipmunk would have been the best bit for me!
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Desthagirion on June 16th, 2017 03:37 pm (UTC)
I'm fighting it. I picked up some herbal teas and am taking those as well as cough drops. OH I hate bikes too. They should have their own sidewalk away from cars. I hate it when they take up the lane and you can't get around them.

I don't care for mice and rats but if they are out in a field and not in my house then it's ok. So that's cool you made friends with them. Chipmunks are rodents too. Arborial mice basically. I find it funny I had no food they just ran over and got on me.

Aw thanks. I am so happy this card made such an impression on everyone.

I will. I'm "home" now, ordered pizza and will rest the rest of the day.
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Desthagirion on June 16th, 2017 07:45 pm (UTC)
Si llege y ya regresando. Estoy en Virginia descansando un dia antes de ir a North Carolina. O que lastima que no sabia que querias ir a Canada. Huviera sido mucho mas fascil contigo para ayudarme a manejar. Hubiera sido menos tiempo. Me parace bien. Talvez el proximo año. Me gustaria regresar a unos de estos lugares. Ok pienso que te gustarian estos journals de mis aventuras. Por eso uso la quenta de fotos en DA para ponerlas aqui.
jokerforever: Wisdom Annoyedjokerforever on June 17th, 2017 04:35 am (UTC)
That sucks that you got sick during your trip of all times, I hate it when sickness strikes at such inconvenient moments. All the trucks on your way to Winchester did no justice no doubt, I've learned to hate those a long time ago. I originally found them overrated, yet now I find them annoying, such big, clumsy eye sores that slow down traffic, have many blind spots for accidents to happen, and obstruct the view of the traffic lights, yet another inconvenience. Staying another day at Winchester sounds good for recovery's sake. I like the flora in these photos, they look healthy and vibrant. Ha I remember that line from Monsters U, that was a funny line. A little off topic when I took art appreciation last semester there was a picture of a cup and spoon that looked soft and furry. It was meant to give that impression yet it's actually rather hard and may be prickly too. I can only imagine how said monster would react when touching, or eating, the cup saying, "I wanna feel the fluffiness of the cup!".

Edited at 2017-06-17 04:37 am (UTC)