Short and Sweet

Trip Start May 31, 2010
Trip End Jul 11, 2010

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Cameron's House

Flag of United States  , Washington
Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Guest post by Alyssa:  Today, we got up at 7:00am to head out to Spokane.  Although it was pretty early after our long day in Vancouver, we had a 7 hour drive ahead of us so we definitely had to get started.  Getting up so early meant we missed free breakfast (but they did have bananas out already) and just got on the road.  Crossing the border back into the States was much less intimidating than going into Canada.  Our border patrol man had a welcoming southern accent, checked our passports, asked us about 2 questions and sent us on our way with a smile.  It only took about 5 minutes to pass through (which we found out later is rare, sometimes people wait 3-4 HOURS to cross the border!). 

The drive to Spokane was relatively uneventful.  I drove for the first half which was gorgeous!  We stopped at a little lake off the highway for a picnic lunch and it was beautiful.  It got a little chilly, so we made it a short lunch, ate our dessert (fudge from Bainbridge. yum.) in the car and headed back out.  Nate took over driving after that.  I took a nap and when I fell asleep we were still in gorgeous mountains, but when I woke up we were in flat, flat fields with the occasional dirt tornado.  He informed me we were Grant County (I think) which produced the most potatoes anywhere in the United States, which explained all the flat land. 

Our stop in Spokane was not only a convenient location, but also is where my cousin, Cameron, lives.  I haven't seen her in at least a decade so it was very exciting to get to catch up.  We found her house with only a little difficulty (she technically lives in Spokane, but is about 20 minutes away from any real city part of town), and had more people waiting for us when we arrived!  Craig and Sharon (I guess technically my great aunt and uncle) were there as well.  We got to meet Cameron’s adorable, and very excited, kids – Haley and Raymond and catch up with everyone.  Cameron made us all a great dinner and then the kids went home with Craig and Sharon and we got to catch up more with Cameron and plan our next steps in our trip.  Cameron made us feel very at home and we had a great stay, short as it was. Hopefully it won’t be another decade before we get to see each other again!
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