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Oct 5, 2008 -


The US border being just 25 minutes away, I decided to add a state to my list and go to Washington for half a day, the main purpose for the trip being a chance to fill my toad for about 15$ less than I can in Canada. Since I feel that you should always have something to declare upon reentry (looks less suspicious, even if you just spent 20$), I checked to see if there might be a Walmart Super Center nearby. There was! It’s in Omak, about an hour and a half away.

I had no problems entering the United States. When asked when I was going home, I replied truthfully that I will be leaving Oliver in a week. For the first time, I was asked to pop open my trunk, but that was the only delay before entering my 26th state!

The scenery on the drive to Omak down the US 97 was breathtaking!

I had lunch at Tequila’s in Omak, which promised ‘authentic’ Mexican fare. I have no idea if it was authentic, but it sure was good! My Spanish accent must be as good as my profs said it is since after ordering my ‘burrito a la crema’ (chicken cooked in sour cream and wrapped in a tortilla), the server only addressed me in Spanish! What a nice way to get a change of scenery while staying close to home!

Crossing the border back into Canada was a non-event. I declared the 30 bucks worth of stuff I’d bought at Walmart (including a huge quantity of RV-friendly toilet paper, something I have not being able to find here), and did not have to pay any customs on my purchases.

On the way back, I intended to stop off at the Canada Desert Centre, but it closes early, so I’ll need to try again. I did get a shot of Canada’s desert! 🙂

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Jul 13, 2008 -

First Purchases for Miranda!

I had a lovely time in upstate New York yesterday and picked up a few items for my coach (ignore all prices on the websites, I only picked up stuff on sale!!!):

Garmin Nuvi 260 GPS (how, praytell, have I traveled all this time without a GPS?!);

APS 750V battery back-up system (UPS) and surge protector, for my computer set up of course;

Black & Decker Pet Series hand vac, which they claim is specifically engineered to pick up pet hair (the reviews support this);

Corelle Sandstone dinnerware–I decided after a lot of hemming and hawing to get a plain colour because the coach was going to look ‘busy’ enough;

Stanley Stud Sensor, because I want to make as few holes as possible in my coach (and got quite the lesson in the mobile house);

collapsible over the sink strainer;

collapsible measuring cups (and matching spoons);

and, finally, let’s not forget my

Wonder Wash, which was a gift.

The trip was well worth the time and gas I expended… especially since gas is so much cheaper in the US. When I bought two gallons worth at the last gas station before the border, the attendant took my ten bucks and laughed, saying that it’s easy to spot Canadians these days–they’re the ones topping off their almost full tanks before going home!

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Cats, Communications & Electronics, Computer, Cooking, Finances, GPS, Homemaking, Laundry, New York, Personal, Renovating, Shopping, Technical, Travel, USA    2 Comments