We finally were able to go 7 miles north of our town and cross into British Columbia yesterday. It was the first time for either of us to go to Canada. We found out from some locals that we didn't have to wait for our enhanced driver's licenses to be able to cross the border. They would let us in with our driver's licenses and birth certificates. REALLY?! So off we went!
Approaching the border (less than 10 minutes from home)...
Why is it that perfectly innocent people feel guilty when about to be closely scrutinized? I was kind of nervous for absolutely no reason at all. We approached the gate and waited for the light to turn green indicating that we could drive up to the guard at the window. He took our paperwork, asked us several questions about what we were doing, where we were going, what we were bringing back or leaving, etc. Then he left the window for about 5 minutes and we could see him back in the office on a computer. He returned to the window, gave us our papers back, and waived us on through. (I asked him if I could take his picture, but he said he'd rather I wouldn't, so I didn't. I shouldn't have even asked! Meanie! Doesn't he know I need blog material?)
We passed Red Mountain Ski Resort and drove through the little village with condos and coffee shops, etc., but we didn't stop. This was maybe 5 minutes from the border. Our mission was to go to Rossland, about 7 miles from the border, and then onto to Trail, about 7 more miles. Trail is where the Walmart is and where we plan to do most of our shopping from now on since it's much closer than driving to Colville. (There is a list of things we can't buy there and bring it back into the U.S. such as certain fruits and veggies, certain meats, raw nuts, and a few other things.)
From the highway overlooking part of Rossland, B.C.
It was so pretty there! The mountains were bigger and the fall colors were breathtaking. I was amazed...AGAIN! I had no idea it was going to be even more beautiful there. Yes, Ken is growing his hair out.
It was so quaint and had kind of a hippy vibe...very European, which again surprised me. I don't know why. I mean, it's called BRITISH Columbia, isn't it? Lots of people had big dogs with them, and there were lots of people wearing hats. Is that a weird thing to notice? Things were just slightly different there and I felt a certain relaxed, liberal vibe. I don't know how else to explain it or if that even makes sense to you. I liked it though, whatever it was. I kept asking myself how things could look and feel so different just 15 minutes from home. If you suddenly just dropped me there on the sidewalk, it wouldn't take me but a few minutes of looking and watching people to know that I wasn't in the U.S.
Let's look around some more...
We went into several shops while in the downtown area and bought a few things.
One of the shops had this display of crocheted legwarmers.
At $19.99 a pair, they were pretty cheap, I thought.
That comes out to about $15.40 in American Dollars.
When I saw this house, I asked Ken if it reminded him of anything.
Remember the office we just painted? LOL!
St. Andrew's United Church
The sidewalks were littered with beautiful, vibrant leaves.
Time to head on down the road to Trail, B.C.
We were there in less than 10 minutes.
This town was nestled in the mountains right against the Mighty Columbia River a lot like our town. Like I mentioned before, the mountains were bigger than where we are.
We were starving so we stopped into a pub to eat a very late lunch/early dinner. Ken got Bangers and Mash with Yorkshire Pudding. If that's not European, I don't know what is! He said it was great. I had a Grilled Chicken Pesto on Flatbread sandwich with fries. It was also great.
After we ate, we walked 1/2 a block down to the Columbia River.
The picture above is looking to the right.
And this is looking to the left.
It reminded me a lot of our home.
But of course...it's only 20 minutes up the river.
We needed to get some Canadian money for the parking meter.
A pretty church in Trail.
I love taking pictures of churches.
The Catholic churches are particularly pretty to me.
I'll leave you with a little 30-second video I took while we were in Trail.
We stopped on the side of the road and watched the river for a while.
Excuse my finger in the first part of the video!