|We arrived at the house just before noon Sunday so that we could visit for a couple of hours before leaving for the border crossing. We listened to the radio throughout the afternoon, as they give updates on waiting time to cross. There was an approximate one hour delay when we left about 4pm. It took us no time to arrive at the border and even less to get across! There was a separate line for anything over 12 feet high, and there was only one vehicle in front of us. After glancing at our passports and asking about a half dozen questions we were welcomed back into the United States. I was a bit disappointed, as I had planned to leave the truck to take several shots at the Peace Arch Park. I had done a little research on the arch and learned this:
On September 6, 1921, businessman and philanthropist Sam Hill (1857-1931) dedicated his Peace Arch on the boundary between the U.S. and Canada at Blaine, Washington. The 67-foot-high structure with two flagstaffs acknowledges a century of peace between the two countries and the longest undefended border in the world.
In July 1920, work began on the concrete structure made with 800 yards of concrete along with 50 tons of steel. The arch featured bronze gates permanently held open. On one gate was inscribed, "1814 -- Open 100 years -- 1914." The other gate reads, "May These Gates Never Be Closed." On the U.S. Side of the arch is emblazoned, "Children of a Common Mother," and on the Canadian side, "Brethren Dwelling Together In Unity". I'm not sure why, but as we approached it I actually had goosebumps on my arms. It really is a beautiful sight, at least to me!
I suppose it really was a good thing that we were practically waved on through as it gave us time to find our RV park and drop off the 5'er before taking Larry to the airport. Turns out it is a Holiday Trails park (a membership program) but they accept 'outsiders' when it is not 'in season'. You might remember that we stayed in one in Rosedale, BC also, at Bridal Veil Falls. This one is not as roomy, but they are accepting our Passport America 50% off discount so we are pleased. $18 a night for full-hookups and our satellite is working well. A good deal, since we have to wait here until our Wednesday morning brake repair appointment. Jackie and Sal recommended a local Mexican restaurant for dinner, Lorenzo's, and it was terrific. The best we've had in a very long time. When we arrived home we still had to set up but we finished quickly, watched TV for a bit and then hit the sack.
It is now Monday evening around 11:45pm. We spent the day catching up on the mail delivered to us by the kids, running to Wal-mart for a few items and driving 60 miles to CampingWorld. Larry stepped on the foot pedal to the toilet this morning and the darn thing fell off. He has replaced almost every working part on this fairly new Thetford toilet in the past couple of months. I think he's had it off 6 times! He was sooooo frustrated....We've decided that perhaps it was a lemon (at least we hope so), so this time we purchased a different model. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, because if anything breaks on this new one I'm afraid he might try to throw it out the bathroom window. And it won't fit!
We hope to do a bit of sight-seeing tomorrow before our appt. Wednesday so we're keeping our fingers crossed. There's an 80% chance of rain predicted for the area tomorrow and a 100% chance on Wednesday. We've been blessed with fairly good, if not a bit cool, weather for the past month. Hopefully it will hold for just a few more weeks as we make our way down the coast. Goodnight....