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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,041
    I had this nightmare - I'm sure it's the same afterlife vision of which you speak, because the only radio station available was the All-Polka Network.

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  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    And Lawrence Welk is waiting to greet you. ;)
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 57,839
    My nightmare had an old VW van in front of me as my nemesis---appropriate given my age.

    At least I could LAUGH at Lawrence Welk.

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  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    My brother and his wife both retired earlier this year and they are regrouping at our house this week. They are at 10,000 miles on their camping road trip in their Odyssey and we're envious. Minnesota, Glacier, Banff and now Boise have been the highlights since they left TN a few weeks ago. Tent camping all the way. :shades:
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    10,000 miles between leaving TN & Boise? Where have they been & in what pattern? :surprise:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    The great "circle" tour. :shades:
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    Hope they have Passports to enter the USA. We've needed them just to return from Whistler.
  • berriberri Posts: 7,862
    I honestly think homeland security hassles ordinary American citizens more than stopping terrorism.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    Oh yeah, they've already been to Banff and are heading to Victoria/Vancouver in a week or two.
  • berriberri Posts: 7,862
    Make sure they check out the Butchart Gardens in Victoria.
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    It's amazing what a millionaire can do with an old gravel pit site (or was it a quarry?). Fun spot.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    I think it's been that way for a year or so now, and even before, you'd be asked 20 questions without it.

    A passport is a good idea to have anyway, makes domestic flight security easier too.
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    On one of the trips home from Whistler we had all four of our grandgirls in the car and all of us had passports. There were a lot more than 20 questions that included asking each of the girls. It helped that two of the girls had the same last name as ours. Considering the white slavery trade, I wasn't put out at all. Border proceedures are a lot tighter than in the 80's.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    I can imagine they are very cautious with kids in the car, and rightfully so. Having passports saved the day there.

    I've never had a hassle at the border, maybe because of what I drive or maybe I just look innocent. Rarely more than asking about where I live, where I was, and how long I was there/am going to be there. Never been searched or anything like that.

    When I was in school I once made the crossing with a friend, who was a Taiwanese national. This was before 9/11 and the reactionary measures forced by it, and it was a headache even then.
  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 5,155
    LOL!

    Don't let them read your posts at Edmunds!
    :P
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    Oh, if they were going to get me, they would have already done so :shades:
  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 5,155
    Oh, if they were going to get me, they would have already done so

    How do we know they don't already have you? You might be posting under duress! These things don't happen by chance you know! :blush: :P
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    I'm actually in the witness protection program, and I just can't keep quiet :shades:
  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 5,155
    I'm actually in the witness protection program, and I just can't keep quiet

    Are you really Hillary Clinton in disguise? :) :shades:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    I've never had a hassle at the border

    I got lost once in El Paso back in the early 70's trying to find the parking lot for the pedestrian bridge to Juarez. I wound up on the international bridge and when I saw Mexican customs ahead, I did a U-Turn right on the bridge.

    US Customs asked me how long I had been in Mexico and I said about a minute. Uh-huh. It took me an hour to get back to the parking lot while they searched through everything. :P

    Driving a '69 VW Bus probably didn't help either....
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    At the departing ferry dock in Victoria, your 69 VW bus, paint included several Peace signs, was being torn apart by 5 or 6 Customs officers while one of the long haired people sat on the dock like an Indian playing his guitar. They missed their ferry sailing for Port Angeles. Appropriate the ferry company is named, "Black Ball". ;)
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    I am sure then and now driving a VW bus across either border gets you extra attention, and not in a good way. It didn't happen to be made out of compressed fibers, did it? :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    Nah, she's too busy scheming in some kind of commie-socialist-fascist plot to post here ;)
  • tlongtlong CaliforniaPosts: 5,155
    Perhaps I'm Hillary Clinton! :P
  • euphoniumeuphonium Great Northwest, West of the Cascades.Posts: 3,425
    She just "miss spoke". :blush:
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    edited June 2010
    Not me, but I remember one US Canadian border crossing where a car with California plates was getting searched. Turns out the two baggies in the trunk were full of herbal tea - we could smell it in the next lane over. My wife drinks that stuff. :P

    And there was the canoe trip in the early 80's where 4 of us drove two cars stuffed with gear with canoes on top through the Beaver Creek customs station in the Yukon. I stopped and exchanged pleasantries with the agent and then headed a mile down the road to the roadhouse for dinner. Ten minutes later our friends showed up and I asked them if they had any trouble with customs. She said no, she just waved and drove on through. :D

    I told her she better go back and check in. Customs hadn't called it in yet, but it was good that she went back. I'd hate to think what would happen if you tried that today.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    Bags of herbal tea when crossing the border of a nation known to have a herbal industry. Funny.

    They'd probably shoot to kill today...but it would be impossible to breeze right through as public sector efficiency (like crossings staffed way under capacity during major holiday weekends) these days would ensure a line at any time.
  • fintailfintail Posts: 42,211
    That's it! :P
  • steverstever Posts: 52,683
    So, good friends have a neat, off-grid house in the sage about 20 miles from Taos. They went to Alaska for the summer, so we are housesitting for a few weeks (yep, this is a solar powered post :shades: ).

    This is the first trip in forever that we've had to deal with cats. So we crated them up and drove straight here from Boise. Took about 17 hours, including food and gas breaks. Not our usual mode of travel, but we had beautiful weather and the moon was mostly full. The last time we did this trip we took 2 days coming and going.

    Passed one single vehicle injury wreck around Salt Lake City, and it was the first time I can ever remember the rubberneckers speeding up as we got close to the wreck to get on their way. Lots of road construction too, but we never had to wait nor had to slow down much below 40mph.

    The only scary part was the last half hour after 11 pm going over the last pass in some good timber country - lots of mule deer out so I kept it around 45 and had to firmly break for critters twice.

    Should be a fun place to hang out for a few weeks.
  • jimbresjimbres Posts: 2,025
    Sounds like a terrific getaway. I wouldn't mind seeing some pictures.
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