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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    This is an interesting article on one man's ordeal with Canadian officials.

    What did I learn?

    Never approach the passport window without being extremely clearheaded about what you are going to say.
    Don’t ever reverse your story in light of questioning. Tell necessary truths, but never volunteer unnecessary information.
    Put all your digital devices away deep in your bags. Do not pull them out at any point in approaching any border. And if you ever get a secondary screening, prepare to have all necessary information stored in some place other than your live cellphone. _source=The+Liberty+Crier&utm_campaign=ffc9e1a352-The_Liberty_Crier_Daily_News_9- _19_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_600843dec4-ffc9e1a352-285038393
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    Funny, last month a friend went to visit Maine and at the last minute decided to go back home via Canada. Had a passport but not with her.

    So she goes to the border and customs has to run down her information and then lets her enter. Took about twenty minutes. Would have been longer (or maybe wouldn't have happened) if she didn't already have a passport floating around.

    Getting back into the States wasn't any hassle either.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    I think it is a crap shoot. When I rented a home in Rosarito beach 9 out of 10 crossings were straight through. The ones where they sent me to secondary were never less than 30 minutes and as long as 90 minutes. With Customs, INS and DEA all wandering around my truck. They treat US like second class citizens with their condescending questions. I never had anything to hide. Never brought more than the limit of booze. The hassle at the border was my main reason for not leasing a second year.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    Yeah, I got stuck at JFK coming back from Italy a few years back. Might have been worth it in the long run because apparently my name fell off the no-fly list after that. I was about ready to call Uncle Ted even though I no longer lived up north, but I think he'd already died by then.
  • stevedebistevedebi LAPosts: 3,719
    ".. We cruised in 90 minutes to ABQ this morning and found a great old cafe place across from the university that sold breakfast for me and an early lunch for her. ..."

    Would that be the Frontier cafe? It is a great student hangout and my wife and kids clamor to go there every time we are in Albuquerque. The other great place is El Pinto, a Mexican restaurant out on 4th street.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    That's the one. I was dubious since I prefer "table" service but it was terrific. Funny, our next door neighbor went to school there and doesn't remember it at all. But it looks like it's been there forever.

    I'll have to remember El Pinto for our next trip out!
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    edited October 2013
    Well, I sure bombed on keeping in touch during the trip! Internet access turned out to be much more sporadic than expected, so I just got used to not using the electronics. Five weeks later and really not in all that much of a hurry to start using them again!


    Left Fairbanks, Alaska at 0630 on 8/24, arrived at 1000 on 9/25.
    12,641 miles
    26.7 average fuel economy. Best was 30.03, worst was 24.9.
    $4.45 was the average price of fuel. I think we paid $6.50/gal as the highest (Beaver Creek, YT) and $3.14 as the lowest (Bend, OR)

    Had a blast. More later. I will say, though, that we did not stop by Sylvan Lake this time. I was tempted, but my wife decided it was too far off our intended path. Instead, we stayed at a place called Keyhole State Park in Wyoming that night. Nice place.
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,451
    There's nothing wrong with being 'off the grid' for a while.
    Can't remember, what did you drive? and what is 1000?
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Oh, sorry! 1000 (hours) is 10am arrival time. We drove our 2010 Subaru Forester. I need to upload a couple pics. Hahaha; we had that poor thing LOADED!
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    edited October 2013
    Nice timing - you beat the shutdown and the snow in the upper Rockies. Funny that half your trip was just getting to "America" and back. :D
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Snow.... what?! I was a little disappointed that we didn't hit any snow at all. Still haven't seen any snow here, either. :-(
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    A friend of mine is heading from Anchorage to Texas right now and he's got some deal on his Garmin. He has to reset it every 24 hours but his friends get an email when he does the reset that links to a "track and locate" page.

    I thought he was talking a long break in Tok - turns out he blew a plug but the chain saw dealer there got him going with a helicoil after losing half a day. He should be in Watson Lake this afternoon.

    Pretty fun checking in and living vicariously through his drive - sort of wish there was a webcam setup on his dash.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Yeah, technology is great, isn't it? Depending on what he was driving, it's much better that he blew the plug in Tok than further on down the road! But, it doesn't make for a very promising start either, does it?!

    I spent three days (!) in Watson Lake back in 1996 after having been towed nearly 65 miles from Boya Lake Provincial Park. My 1969 Ford Econoline dropped a rear wheel bearing. They had to bus the part up from Edmonton. :cry: Funny enough, my brake master cylinder had failed nearly a thousand miles earlier on that same trip, so I was driving pretty much sans brakes. I made it to Fairbanks, though! Ah, to be young and stupid.

    My tech had the brakes applied upon hitting Canada this time, unless I wanted to pay $20.00 per MB for data! Seriously.... that's extortion! I pay $10/GB now, so basically they're asking me to pay $20,000 per GB in Canada. ? So, even if I had a dash cam, there wouldn't be any seeing it until many miles after the fact. LOL
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    He's driving a Ford too. :)

    I'll have to ask him about his data plan if he checks in on IM.
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    So, the cell phone data plan he has covers the US and Canada and costs him ~$90 a month (ACS).

    We're off in ~10 days for another family run to TN, weather permitting. Had snow all day yesterday but it rained overnight. This may be a Subie trip just so we can get out of the UP.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 8,269
    Sounds like maybe I need to switch companies! I've been seriously thinking about it.....

    Snow, huh?! We haven't seen any of that yet this month. It's been phenomenally warm here, though it is finally starting to dip below freezing at night (yesterday and today). I'm going to actually have to provide water to the rabbits twice a day now. Hahahaha; normally I'm doing that a month earlier than now! :P
  • Michaell@EdmundsMichaell@Edmunds ColoradoPosts: 1,175
    No snow in Alaska yet we've had a couple of shots of snow in Colorado?

    Go figure.

    A couple of the ski resorts are already open.

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,971
    I guess a 2ish hour trip in moderate traffic on I-405 from LAX to Old Town San Diego, via lunch at Cody's in La Jolla (crabcake omelet) counts as a road trip. Must have been 100 California gray seals around the Seal Beach area, but far enough away from Cody's to avoid the aroma. Seeing A Christmas Carol tonight at the Cygnet and meeting a relation for dinner tomorrow night.

    Oh, the rental car is a 2014 Camaro convertible but we haven't had the top down yet.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America: I70 & I75Posts: 17,711
    > 2014 Camaro convertible

    To me, that sounds great! I think the Camaro convertible in white look really great.

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  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 28,680
    How was the traffic in LaJolla? We used to go eat there a lot until the Chart house closed up. The Marine Room is nice, but over priced. We would go to LaJolla more if it was not such crazy traffic and parking. Was Cody's worth the price? I like to eat where I can see the ocean. Found a place in Oceanside that serves the biggest best Fish Taco on the planet. If you are going by Oceanside and get hungry, it is the Harbor Fish n Chips.

    Hope you enjoyed the play.
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