Connecticut, USA

Trip Start Aug 09, 2008
Trip End Aug 2009

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Flag of United States  , Connecticut
Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Our foray into the U.S. started with an encounter with the U.S. customs at the NB/Maine border.  We are not sure what triggered it.   It could have been our response to their question on when we were expected back at work or the peace sign on the van. 

Anyway, we were asked to pull over and enter the little room. There we filled out some forms and handed over the van key.  A couple of officers circled the van with sniffer dogs - not sure if a search was done inside.  Another office came over later and asked again when we were going back to work.  We said August of 2009, which they seemed to find hard to believe. I (Rajiv) think that they must have thought we were a couple of pot-smoking hippies in our VW from Canada.

We were let off eventually with the usual "Have a good trip....etc...etc...etc".  Feeling slightly uncomfortable with signs of U.S. patriotism everywhere, I decided to remove our peace sign from the van. 

We stopped overnight in Portland, Maine on our way to Connecticut to visit Rajiv's cousin, Manj, his wife Shob and the kids.  We had a wonderful and relaxing visit with them and they showed us East Lyme (where they live), neighbouring Niantic, and the town of Mystic - all very pretty towns along the water. This was done in between the busy schedules the kids had playing soccer and attending scout meetings. Thanks guys! 

The kids introduced us to smores - for those like me who are green about such subjects, this is roasting marshmallows over the fire and sandwiching them in melted chocolate between biscuits.  Given we have been camping for the past six weeks or so, the kids enviously thought we did this every night over the camp fire. We compromised and opted for indoor smores over the gas stove - definitely a sugar fix!

On Sunday we got up early and drove all the way to London ON through Niagara falls. It was an 11 hour drive, which didn't feel that long due to the early start, quiet roads and excellent interstate highways.
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