Monday, August 19, 2013

August 19 - Back in the Lower 48

After a beautiful traverse of western Canada, we're back in the land of data and connectivity. We left Skihist Provincial Park this morning and stopped by the Visitor Centre in Lytton where they weren't open yet but the wi-fi could be easily reached from across the street by the caboose.

As we continued down the Fraser River Canyon, the upstream wind offset the downhill advantage but we enjoyed the views and the minimal traffic.  Traffic increased once we got on the four lane but moved along with everyone playing nicely.

The signs on the freeway said waiting time was 20 minutes for Customs at Sumas and 80 minutes at Blaine so we joined the line in Sumas and watched it continue to build behind us. Wait was 45 minutes but the actual chat took about a minute and we were on our way again.

I thought it was nice of them to provide something shiny to look at while we waited.

The world changed on the south side of the border. By the time we approached the freeway in Bellingham the traffic was just nasty. I think it's going to take some time to get used to crowded streets again!

Home for the night is Washington Park in Anacortes, Washington. It was an excuse to drive through Mt. Vernon and see how much it has changed since I was last on the west side of town. 'Sides that, we got to check out the progress on the replacement span for the Skagit river bridge while driving across the temporary span.


  1. Welcome home from me, too! Sorry about the traffic.

    I got tickled at your shiny things to look at!


    1. The traffic will take some adjustment but we'll get used to it.

  2. I bet it is a shock to the system to leave such peace and quiet and then traffic and people everywhere!! Welcome home!!

    1. I'd hear others mention the traffic but it didn't really sink in until we experienced it ourselves. BTW, congrats on the egg. We think 'glass houses are wonderful.