Earlier this summer, while leafing through a copy of New Jersey Monthly, a magazine that explores life in the Garden State, my mother-in-law came across the The Great New Jersey Scavenger Hunt 2021. The challenge? By September 15, 2021, visit thirty-six locations throughout my home state, taking a selfie at each one. The scavenger hunt was broken across six categories: Central NJ, Down the Shore, Historic Sites, Northern NJ, Southern NJ, and Urban Murals. The challenge began in April, but my wife and I did not learn about it until late June. So could we, your humble travel writers, complete the activity? Were we able to devote a significant portion of our summer to criss-crossing the state, at times waiting in line with other contestants to take a selfie, or hiking through forests and cities to find our destination, or exploring little-known back roads, or driving down dirt paths, or even holding up traffic (whoops) to grab our shot?
You bet we did! Challenge complete.
While I am not going to share every location from the challenge, I thought it would be fun to give an example or two from each category. As I have written previously, I also created an “automotive selfie” category for the blog, where I took a photo of my Accord or my wife’s Jeep in front of as many of the locations as possible.
Some come along, then, on our summer scavenger hunt adventure. In addition, I have a slew of automotive updates from readers near and far that I want to share.
The Great NJ Monthly Scavenger Hunt 2021
Down the Shore
Our Final Stop
There are so many fun updates to share in this post, I almost don’t know where to begin. One of the highlights from the past five years of running this blog are the photos and text messages I’ve received from family and friends who read my posts and send their own automotive updates my way. I have a few recent and noteworthy ones to share:
Last, but not least, I have some other photographic news to share. After learning all I could from my beginner Simrex X900 drone (and crashing it more times than I care to admit), I took the plunge and upgraded to a DJI Mini 2. DJI is a major drone manufacturer, and their devices are popular with photographers and videographers. Although the Mini 2 is considered an entry level drone, the reviews all gave it high marks for image quality, flight stability, and maneuverability. I took a quick test flight with it at Cooper River Park in Pennsauken, NJ, and thought I’d share the results:
The Great New Jersey Monthly Scavenger Hunt 2021 was a fantastic way to learn more about my home state, explore destinations I never would have come across, and make plenty of memories with my wife. The contest is now closed, but if you are a New Jersey resident and would be interested in giving it a try, keep an eye out for the 2022 selfie challenge next spring.
As always, thanks for coming along on another adventure down the open road ahead.