A1 Ph.2 ENROUTE TO MESA ARIZONA DAY ONE OF PHASE 2!

A1 Ph.2 ENROUTE TO MESA ARIZONA DAY ONE OF PHASE 2! 

Please bear with me Shufflers; The Current Shuffleboard Activity took priority over our trip to the 23rd International in Mesa AZ!  However; we now begin the 2nd phase of the trip from the west coast of Canada to AZ.  

Phase 1 of our journey to Arizona took us from Lindsay, Ontario to the West Coast of Canada. We paused for some time, about 1 month, on Vancouver Island before beginning the final leg. 

With this issue of ENROUTE TO MESA, we begin the second phase of our journey, that part from the west coast of Canada to the State of Arizona, and finally to the site of the ISA 23rd ISA Tournament itself, Mesa, AZ. 

The evening before our planned departure, snow, snow in a “really big way” hit central BC and the state of Washington. As we watched TV from the Seattle area, shots of Snow Boarders and Skiers were front and center~~all expounding the delight of the newly found “white stuff”. As the night progressed the situation deteriorated, so much so that we En route to Duke Point Terminaldecided to delay our departure by one full day. We depart from Nanaimo, Duke Point where we board the ferry which takes us to Tswwasssen on the mainland of BC. From Tswwassen we make our way to the border crossing near Blaine Washington and begin the long trek down I 5 through the major cities of Seattle and Tacoma. We had, by conducting an on line search, selected our “stop” for the first evening. Utilizing Microsoft Streets and Trips, we then mapped our travel for day one.

As we set out for the ferry, the temp was 2degreesC, apparently cool for this time of year on Vancouver Island. Being Saturday, the 10:15 crossing was certainly not heavily patronized. You may be interested to know that the cost of your trip when pulling a 5th Wheel Trailer is determined by your total length. Our total overall length is 57ft and the total cost for a one way crossing was $147.00. The run across is a 2 hour trip. Ship is At Work On Board Ferryequipped with a full kitchen, owned and operated by BC Ferry Corp. The “Bride” took a pic of me while updating “the record”~~the pic appears in the column. It is not a long run from where the ferry docks to the Canadian/American border.

In our many many crossings, we have been “invited” into the customs buildings twice, to-day Nov 22, 2003 and upon returning to the US from Mexico several years ago. In both cases it was to “check with the Agricultural Component of the government offices established at border crossing points. We were asked to remain outside while two inspectors examined our fridge, our freezer and kitchen cupboards. They confiscated two cans of soup, beef soup, “product of Canada”; 1 Orange; 1 Pear; one frozen lasagne; two potatoes; and a package of wurst. Hats off to the Canadian Snowbird Association Website. They have been advising Canadians that precisely this is what will happen~~see their site–www.snowbirds.org/ As I type this, we have had our dinner (bought), Snow, Grants Pass ORhave returned to the 5th Wheel to enjoy a hot cup of tea as we sit in front of the fireplace and watch a bit of TV. Catch you in the morning for day 2 of phase 2!!  Pic to right of Grant’s Pass in Oregon.

Reporter Stan 2003 11 22.  

Re-Publishing this on 2015 03 25 21:00 from our motel room in  SC. 

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1 Response to A1 Ph.2 ENROUTE TO MESA ARIZONA DAY ONE OF PHASE 2!

  1. Myrna Bilton says:

    Great memories!!!!

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