Sunday, September 21, 2014

Homeward Bound!- Day 1 (2014)

I'm sure you have heard the saying "There is no place like home."  Well, I believe that to be true.  I have traveled to many places and have been privileged to even live in other nations and have found that there really is no place like home for me.  God bless the USA!

After weeks of planning and preparing, we were finally packed and ready to go.


I know it sounds crazy, but there is so much to do when you are going to be gone for half the year that I started almost three weeks ago.  The car already had the luggage in it for a week and the scooters loaded the day before.  Today was the big day!  \o/ \o/


It was zero dark thirty when we both got us and loaded the last of our luggage in the car.


by the time we got finished with all of that it was time to make a coffee run!


Lil Rascal, Rasberry and Ruby were patiently waiting.  Raspberry seemed to have a different "perspective" then her two companions....:-).


After munching on some less than perfect breakfast and pretty good coffee, we made our way to the US border. And my goodness was that an experience!  We got pulled over and had to leave our keys on the hood of our car and go inside for "further screening".  I call it an ordeal because it took about 30 minutes between the waiting and the questions.  But I took the time after to encourage the customs agents to keep us safe!


We had some time before our room was going to be ready, so we made our way to this marina to kill some time and take in some sun.  BC had started its rainy season.  The sun was a welcomed friend to me!


I kept looking around to see if I preferred one of the boats to another and concluded that if I had one it had to be large enough for me to actually live on full time!



There is my beloved enjoying the view....ME!  haha

 

We both love being by the water.  Since we are going to be on the road for several days, we made the most of the time we had there; taking pictures and enjoying our time together.....:-)

 
I wondered how they got all of the boats on and off of the racks and low and behold and man came with a crane thingee and lifted one off and took it over to the water where it was promptly let down into the water.  Well, there you go!


It was time to make our way to our hotel which was going to take another 30 minutes.  We arrived and found a good parking space for the "trio" as well a our car.  Both right in eye shot of the security camera.  We got them covered up for the night.


Next, it was time to get the car unloaded and our things up to our room for the next few days.


I was happy to see that our room had everything we needed for the time that we would be there....


With a fully equipped kitchen that I probably would not be cooking it since I don't feel like shopping and won't be here that long anyway.  But it was still nice that it was there if I had chosen to cook something.


"Somebody" had been sloshing around in sandals all day and driving and sloshing and driving and this was the result of the sloshing after they passed out on the bed for a quick nap.  I was horrified!!  haha.  Thank God for showers!


We were going out for dinner with two of our team members and had decided on Korean food for dinner.........:-)  


I ordered some calamari and beef with green onion and glass noodles. And of course all of these other little dishes contained various types of salads.


and more salads......


and the main courses all came out on their own gas stoves! and more salad came with each order!
oh my.......


Adam ordered some type of beef and mushroom dish.....


which came with little salads as well.....ha.  It had been a long time since I had been to a Korean restaurant.  So, I had forgotten about all of the salads that come with the meals.  We did a lot of sharing and sent all of the left overs home with our friends.  I thought surely somebody was going to have to roll me out of the door and back to our hotel room!    


eating all of that food made me tired!  We got back to our little apartment at the hotel were we chatted a while and enjoyed the good company that we had until it was time to say goodnight.

Now, for a little TV before starting the day tomorrow!


See you on the road!

5 comments:

Scootard said...

A great report of an interesting day. We will have to see comes further south. I'm excited how about you?

Trobairitz said...

OOoh you got pulled over for a "secondary" at the border, I don't care for those either.

That dinner looks delish. I couldn't imagine all the meals coming on their own stoves. Pretty cool.

Safe travels.

Scooterchick said...

Hey Brandy,
The secondary screening was a first for us. I think it was because our car was packed to the gills and we had the three bikes with us. It wasn't too bad for me. Chris got all of the questions while i went to the bathroom. I think they were screening all of the foreigners.

Dar said...

I don't know why I always get nervous about crossing the border. Its weird the fear that can be instilled in a person.

I suspect it was because of all the scooters and your car being "full". A couple of years ago we went across up in the Okanagan and the border guard was pretty intense, actually rude and and we were kind of shell shocked from the experience.

Have a lovely drive home!

Scooterchick said...

Hey Dar,

yeah, I get that weird feeling too because of bad experiences crossing into both countries. Sometimes the border patrol are exceptional rude when there is no need to be rude at all. Then they feel that if you act nervous, you must be trying to hide something.

I think some of them are definately power hungry and should take a job selling fish or something a lot less stressful for all of us! haha