The ferry trip to mainland Canada was smooth, the family visit in Vancouver- wonderful- (being with the grandkids is like having a warm hug of love that never ends)…and then there was the border crossing.
I couldn’t believe how long it took! We got there about ten on Thursday morning. You wouldn’t think it would be busy but they create their own busy-ness. We inched along for two hours. The sign as we entered the area warned that there would be a fifty minute wait, but time stands still at the borders. They don’t play fair either. The lane beside us started moving quickly and we figured out (too late of course) that they were being channeled into two lanes further ahead. But not us. We moved like slugs on a slippery upward slope.
I kept looking at the grass on the other side of the border, and thinking how ridiculous our man-made lines of demarcation are. It’s the same blingking patch of grass. I know…I know… the reality of living in a world with too many problems to list is we have borders and we need to maintain them. I long for the old days (pre 9/11) when we’d practically drive right through.
My First Gun Stop
I went to Cabela’s for the first time (at Tulalip, near Seattle, by the outlet mall). It’s a mega big box “outfitting” store. Think Costco with guns and fishing rods. Quite the place. I looked at the Glocks, but didn’t ask to hold one. What can I say. They aren’t pretty.
You could get lost in a place like Cabela`s. You can even eat there. We managed to get out with only one pair of wool socks for PJ and a few bags of pink mints that say oddly enough, “Canada” on them, which we were asked to pick up because you can’t get them in Canada. That’s me…I go shopping for Glocks and pick up pink mints.
We had a lovely room in the Westin Bellevue where the Emerald City Conference took place (Fri-Sun.). The room was clean and has all the creature comforts, for less than half the price of the one we had in Manhatten in July that dripped from the ceiling. For our first meal we went to P.F. Changs. We don`t have that chain in Canada, and I love it. Oh how I love it. We purchased the four course meal for two (Sweet and Sour Soup, spring rolls, Szechuan beef, pao sao scallops, rice and red velvet cake, plus tea and pop for sixty bucks! And then they gave us two $10 gift certificates. Amazing. I don`t need breakfast.
In my next post I’ll talk about our trip to Pike’s Market.