Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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We headed out from our campground in Anacortes today to work our way up to Canada. All was going well until we got to the border. We pulled up to the border patrol guy to answer his questions. Of course he asked if we had any firearms on board. I didn't even think about it until he asked it, but Jared has a shotgun and a rifle with him in case he got the opportunity to hunt anywhere along the way. I was driving so I was the one doing the talking. I answered honestly that yes we do underneath in storage. We went in to what we had, why we had them, if we owned the motorhome, what are jobs are, how long are we staying in Canada, and where are we going to in Canada. Of course we were informed that we had to pull in to the parking area and head in to the building to get checked out. We all had to get out of the RV and they had two little pens there that we were able to put Nash in to one of them
These new guys were concerned with why we had two guns and were heading in to a city. We informed them that they weren't really for this leg of the trip. They asked us more questions trying to see if we had any pistols or drugs or any other weapons in the RV. We informed them over and over again that we only had the shotgun and rifle and that they were for hunting. They informed us that people who usually have long guns also own pistols so we must own pistols. We both told them that neither of us own a pistol. They informed us that they were still going to have to search the RV and if they found anything else we would end up in handcuffs, since we didn't disclose it previously. We informed them that there was nothing else and they would have to take apart the entire storage area to get to the guns. They told us to have a seat and they would call our name when they needed us again.
By this point in time we weren't really to annoyed yet. We forgot about the guns and figured ok they can't let us in that is fine. We were a little annoyed that they physically had to see the guns (taking everything out of our storage area) when we were the ones that told them the guns were there
They finally called us back up to the counter and informed us that they found a shotgun and a rifle (just like we told them) and they were much more friendly after that. I guess they really thought we had something else we shouldn't have in the RV. They informed us that they still couldn't let us in since we were going to a city and that we could head back to the US put the guns in storage and then come back in. We informed them that wouldn't work since our plan was to head in to Canada at this location, but then drive East in Canada and exit out of a different location. This is what would work best for us to pick up Jenny and Bryant on Saturday in Spokane, WA. They said ok well we are sorry we can't let you in, but we can't and all your stuff is outside next to the RV so go pack it back up and then come inside to pick up your passports. The guy who remained outside asked if we had already booked the campground and would we lose money. We said we booked one but they didn't take a deposit so we should be ok. And he said ok, well I just want to let you know we will be putting a notice out with your RV and license saying that you are carrying guns
So anyway we packed up the RV, got Nash back, got our passports as we drove out and promptly waited in a line of cars to go through the border on the US side. When we pulled up to the guy on t he US side he asked how long we had been in Canada. We replied about an hour they rejected us and we are just trying to get back now. He asked why they rejected us we said because of the shotgun and rifle. He said ok well you are going to have to park and go inside. It looked like all RVs had to park and go inside anyway so that is why we figured we would just be honest. We didn't want to get searched and not mention the guns.
The US side was not as organized as the Canada side. They did not tell us what we needed to bring in with us when we went inside and told us just to park anywhere. On the Canada side they were very specific and had someone directing you to a parking spot. The woman on the US side did tell us that we had to leave our keys and our cell phones int he car. We didn't really like that so I took the keys out of the ignition and left them in the cup holder. Then we went inside for a long wait
In all we think we spent about 3 hours in with border patrol. And we ended up deciding that we hate Canada. HAHA. Well I guess not really, but it was annoying that if we were going somewhere with dangerous wildlife we would have been ok. I mean we could have said anything just to get inside.