My Oregon hat was wearing out from hiking this summer and so I bought a Canada hat just over the border. I was happy about this because I couldn't find a baseball cap I liked before in Seattle.
We arrived and the weather is sort of idyllic in Vancouver at around 72 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit and feels a lot like Hawaii in March. However, I have never felt Vancouver or Victoria quite like this before. Anyway, being in Canada has a nice feeling. We really like it here in the summer time and feel safer in Canada than most places in California now. However, wherever you go there are always good and bad places to be in any city or suburban area. We have a view of the ocean so we are happy here. It's beautiful!
Driving up was very beautiful too! I remember lots of 16mm home color movies that my Dad took of all these very thick growing Washington and Canadian trees. So, it reminded me of the color movies my Dad took of this in the 1940s and 1950s. So, I found all this very nostalgic thinking of my Mom and dad meeting in Seattle around 1941 and marrying around 1946. We all moved to San Diego when I was 4 in 1952 and I mostly have been in California ever since except for a time in Hawaii and New Mexico during my life and of course trips around the world.
If you are driving up Friday after the traffic mess today, you might want to consider leaving about 4 to 6 in the morning or coming up late at night. Because the traffic will be a real mess up to Vancouver tomorrow if today was any indication for Labor Day Weekend. However, I'm not sure how long the Border stations are open. I do know the Nexus lanes (Nexus.com) are open only until midnight crossing the border.
I notice the guys with Nexux card from nexus.com were just basically driving through the border in a special lane.
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