Canada, Crash, and Cats: Crossing the Border

January 19, 2014

Family on the Road

While in Washington we made two quick trips across the border into Canada, one to Vancouver and one to Point Roberts which is actually a part of the US but I’ll get to that in a minute.

Vancouver

Despite the weather being perfect and an endless array of possibilities, we only have four decent pictures to show for the day.

Three of the city.

Spinyx Cat Outfit Canada

And a one of an angry Sphynx cat outfit.

Why so few pictures when there is so much to do in Vancouver, you ask?

So the morning started off well enough if you don’t mind being questioned like a criminal at the border crossing because your husband forgot about the time he was 21 years old and deported. At the time, he was in a band. They were playing a show in Canada but didn’t realize they weren’t allowed to bring merchandise into the country without a work visa. Anyway, they had to drive out and drive back in with proper documentation. It wasn’t a big deal until 20 years later and someone asks at the border crossing if he had ever been asked to leave Canada and, forgetting,  he said no. Oooops.

After a few extra questions we were cleared and on our way. Sort of.

We knew we wouldn’t have data on our cells phones in Canada but we didn’t realize exactly how much we use our phones for travel until we turned them off. I’m surprised we could still breath without an app. Regardless, we made it to the city without too much confusion.

However, things were about to get interesting.

A few minutes after arriving downtown a man ran a stop sign and hit the front of our truck.

Crash.

After nearly two years of travel and 40,000 miles, we were in our first accident. In another country.

Welcome to Canada.

The man was extremely nice. He was very apologetic and asked if he could just pay cash for the damage. We were feeling overwhelmed in the moment and agreed that would be fine. It didn’t even occur to us to get an accident report.

After the accident, I was ready to turn around head back to the US.  The crash and metric system were making me feel incompetent. Brent insisted we enjoy our day.

I did my best. We explored Stanley Park, walked along the harbor to Gastown (which was very cool), and waited almost an hour in line for steamed buns at New Town Bakery and Restaurant.

But into the afternoon, I just wasn’t feeling it. I was consumed with worry about the accident. What if the guy said we ran the stop sign. Why oh why didn’t we just get an accident report?  We also realized we should have brought our bikes. It would have been a perfect day to explore the city by bike and I was too shaken up from the accident to drive around so we explored by foot. A lot. By the time we got back to the truck we were exhausted and headed back to the US without incident.

(As it turned out the man who hit us kept his word and paid for the minor damage. People can be so awesome!!!)

Point Roberts

Point Roberts is part of the mainland of the United States but, oddly, not connected to it. It lies at the tip of a peninsula accessible by driving through Canada or taking a boat. A woman at the campground we were staying at told us it was “kinda neat” so we decided to find out for ourselves one evening.

We left a few hours later that we should have because by the time we reached the border crossing there was a long line presumably on their way home for the evening. Reaching the entrance, we were questioned but this time we just got a strange look when we said we were going to Point Roberts for “dessert”.

Little did we know that there wasn’t a place to have dessert or anything to eat that we could find. Had we done our research we probably could have guessed that a place that doesn’t even have a dentists might not have a large assortment of dessert places. We drove around looking at nothing and ended up at the beach to watch the sunset.

Sunset Point Roberts in Canada

I’m thinking we need to head to Canada one more time because you know third time’s a charm and I hear those Canadian Rockies are breathtaking.

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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I'm Jenn and I'm so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I'm stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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4 Responses to “Canada, Crash, and Cats: Crossing the Border”

  1. Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) Says:

    Haha those canadians run a tight ship. Janetha was deported too and apparently isn’t ever allowed back! lol

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  2. Andrea@WellnessNotes Says:

    I remember you guys telling us about your Canada adventures when you were over! And I agree, it sounds like you’ll have to go back once more! :)

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  3. Crista Says:

    I’m a Canadian living in Texas, you really must head back up north. I’m from Calgary, Alberta, which is just a short drive to Banff, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Try to aim for the summer when the Calgary Stampede is on…it’s quite the event. Stay for the chuchwagon races followed by the grandstand show, they never disappoint!
    I just happen to come across your blog and I love it. We camp all year, and for several weeks during the summer. But I’m thinking of spending 3 months this summer driving the kids from The Woodlands, Tx, up to Calgry and back again. I’m looking at trading in our TT for an older motorhome so I can drive while the kids sleep, eat, etc. my kiddos are wee, all 4 under 5. But I think it would be fun to do…call me crazy!
    Good luck on your adventures and finding a new rig. Your old 5th wheel was so well redone, it looked amazing from the pictures.

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  4. Nabil Ibrahim Says:

    Hello Jenn
    I’m thinking about buying a nice RV and go on the road, if am going to travel to any state, I would like to go downtown, my question is, is it save to leave the RV any where, please explain to me, am very worry. am selling my business and planning on going full time, what other advice you have, please share it.
    I found you by accident, and I enjoy your adventure, I will read all of them.

    Thank you very much

    Nabil

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