Driving, Crab & Border Control

Trip Start May 31, 2011
Trip End Jun 23, 2011

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What I did
Drive from Seaside to Vancouver

Flag of United States  , Washington
Sunday, June 5, 2011

Today was the day we were finally going to reach Canada. Don't get me wrong, I have loved the driving, it has been too beautiful to not love but coming to Canada was the main purpose of this trip.

We drove through a couple more sea towns before reaching Washinton State lines. I was hoping that maybe the road laws would have been a little clearer, but they were worse. Driving on the right is the easy part about American roads. The 4-way stop signs where the first person who gets there is the first person to go and this at a cross intersection. Then there's the turning right at red lights, there are no signs saying you can do this, only when you can't.  They straight lines across the road when theres a pedestrian crossing. With our straight lines meaning stop, you kinda freak out everytime you go over them and think "Shit, I didn't stop, no one kill me." Washington however was the worst. There are no lines at al at traffic lights so you don't know where to stop. Scary stuff.

We reached Seattle at the perfect time, Sunday lunch time. It was pretty easy but looked like great place to stay. I wanted to see Pike Place Market. When we reached it though Danny was preoccupied with finding the one place he's been dying to go, The Crab Pot Restaurant. After seeing it on the tv show Man vs Food, he's been dying to go. So of couse, we settled in for lunch. I was wrapped to find they had grilled chicken which went down so nice after all the deep fried food we've been eating. The crab for Danny was of course amazing. Even I thought it was ok. Stay tuned for the food diary I plan to write up. We have quite a lot of photos of food, it deserved it's own blog.

After lunch, we kept making our way to Vancouver. As we jumped back on the highway, we got a great view of snow peaked mountains overlooking the Seattle skyline. And the great view was with us all the way to the border. After a reasonable 15 min wait we were ushered into border control. Answered a few questions and were passed through very quickly. First noticable thing was the speed signs were now in KMs instead of miles. The first few k's in the country stunk, believe it or not. There were farms around the border so it just stunk bad of manure.

When we reached the city of Vancouver, we were amazing at the stunning architecture of the houses. They were very majestic, with heavy European influences. Just gorgeous.

Got to our hotel easy enough, have to fork out $20/night for parking but my attempts at dropping the car off for the 3 days we are here didn't get me anywhere, so we're stuck with it.  My first impressions of the city weren't great. It was late Sunday afternoon so streets weren't overly busy and there are a lot of homeless around, especially near our hotel as we're sort of on the edge. Oh well, there's a police station 30 seconds away so don't feel that worried. We were pretty tired by the evening so did all our laundry which is never fun especially when washing machines don't spin your clothes properly and you need to have them in the dryer for 1.5 hours. Either Danny grew over night or his clothes shrunk. We only had Greek for dinner, so I assume dryer is to blame. Tomorrow is tour day, maybe we'll love it more then.

For photos go to www.flickr.com/photos/bels_pix
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dad on

Dan is that photo of the fish plate for real, could not be, must be plastic or something. hope you enjoyed it anyway. happy driving


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