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Old 12-06-2017, 08:02 PM   #41
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He replied " you are from Texas and don't own a gun?". I said "that is correct and I knew you would say that".
I got that question too. The only gun I own is a 22 caliber pellet rifle with a hand pump that I’ve had since I was 16. I just searched my Google Photos for “gun” and I found one photo of a wall of automatic weapons in a Taiwan store that only sells replica guns that shoot plastic pellets. I guess I should delete that photo.
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:25 PM   #42
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Border guards need to do their job, and this includes random searches of folks, no matter how innocent they may be or seem. If they slacked off at all, it would only encourage folks to circumvent the law. With these random checks, it keeps people in check, and less likely to consider doing anything illegal.

I applaud them for doing their job. I know it is a pain in the butt, but you got through in the end, and have a good story to share. You likely witnessed some of the toughest and meanest you will encounter in Canada.

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Anyway, during the questioning by the US immigration officer, he said “The stars at night are big and bright”, and I replied “Deep in the hart of Texas” (it is a song). He was testing me to see if I was really from Texas.
I knew the response to that, and I am far, far from Texas.
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Once a long time ago I was camping with my kids in Glacier NP. An archaeologist we met suggested a trip across the border to Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump. I didn't give the fact that I was a single mom crossing into Canada with two children a thought, but the border police sure did.They asked if I had permission from their dad to take them out of the country, and I said no, we were just on an impromptu day excursion to the above mentioned site.

I was immediately separated from the kids, interviewed, all my id/credit cards etc run, and the kids were interviewed separately from each other. Luckily they were not at an age to be frightened. After about an hr, we were cheerfully told we could proceed. It was a bit scary, but I knew all the info I provided was accurate and that the kids would tell the same story. In the end, I was grateful that they are so vigilant on behalf of children.
One time, about 35 years ago, when going into the US, we were randomly checked. They had us raise the top on our tent trailer, went through everything there, as well as the truck.

We got asked for our kids birth certificates, which we never thought to bring. Our response was that given the way the kids were with us, it was obvious they were ours. Their response was that most abductions are from relatives. In the end they let us go through, and said it was because both parents were there, and if it was just one of us, the result might be different.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:09 PM   #43
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In the sixth grade I was on the safety patrol. One day the teacher called me in and said that I needed to start reporting more people for infractions.
I hope never to become accustomed to being treated with disrespect.
Hey Ruthe
I was on the school safety patrol as well. My experience was slightly different. The Capitan as we called him, was a little overzealous at handing out demerits. I would antagonize him by wearing my belt inside out, folding the belt in a non regulation way, etc. Then as now I was always proud to lead the school in demerits per month, always just below the dreaded suspension. He’s dead now and I’m still breaking the rules. 60 years goes by in a flash.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:49 PM   #44
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I'm not sure why people get so upset when they cross a border into a foreign country. Just because the border agents speak English and maybe better than "you" do, the laws of that country are not the same as what you're used to. If things head south, it will not be a problem for your BIL the attorney in Oklahoma, but the US State Department. Strict border checks are part of the world we now occupy. Get used to it, I bet it gets worse before it will ever get better.
Donna, This made my night. Thanks.
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:17 PM   #45
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My 3 short boarder stories:
I went across the boarder with my friend soon after getting my drivers license at an young age. I drove up to the booth and the officer asked where did you come from. I answered truthfully and said “from back there”

About 15 years ago we were on a charter bus trip from BC to Las Vegas. On the way down the US officers came on board the bus and pointed me out. I was the only one that had to get off the bus and they went through my luggage. On the way home the Canadian officers point only me out and again I had to get off and open my luggage. This was about 1 year after I had retired from being an RCMP officer for 26 years.

About 3 years ago we took our Zoom trailer across the boarder. They wanted the keys to the trailer and looked through it while we had to sit in the truck. Soon they came out with 3 wooden marshmallow sticks that had been in the closet. We had forgot they were even there. I said throw them out but they would have non of that. They had to take them into the building for inspection...l could see a special person examine them with a magnifying glass. I can see the point to look for bugs but as I am writing this thousands of real, almost live Xmas trees are crossing the boarder for sale!
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Old 12-06-2017, 11:27 PM   #46
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Old 12-07-2017, 02:55 AM   #47
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....... Then as now I was always proud to lead the school in demerits per month, always just below the dreaded suspension. He’s dead now and I’m still breaking the rules. 60 years goes by in a flash.
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Old 12-07-2017, 08:27 AM   #48
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Hey Don
Are you ok out there? Hate to see the news with all the fire and think about friends and Escape owners ( friends I haven’t met yet) being in danger. Keep safe.
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Old 12-07-2017, 09:27 AM   #49
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We crossed the border at Sumas when we picked up our trailer in April. The Canadian customs officer asked several times about any weapons we had. The officer had trouble believing someone from Texas didn't have a gun or knife. I finally told him we did have some kitchen knives. I guess that could have been taken as a smart aleck answer, but I wanted to answer truthfully when he specifically asked about knives.

Crossing into Canada at Sumas may make it easier since they are familiar with exporting/importing Escape trailers into the US and US buyers going to Canada to get their trailers.

A few weeks later we went back into Canada and returned after a few weeks via Sumas. I didn’t have a license plate on my trailer at that time, and I figured Sumas was the safest way to cross. They did want to see my paperwork. Anyway, during the questioning by the US immigration officer, he said “The stars at night are big and bright”, and I replied “Deep in the hart of Texas” (it is a song). He was testing me to see if I was really from Texas. My wife, who isn’t from the US, had no idea what just happened.

By the way, I don't think there are problems with taking large amounts of cash into Canada if you declare it at the border. There are other discussions on this form that have talked about this in regards to making the final trailer payment.

I would have answered, “And Bob Wills is still the King.”
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Are you ok out there? Hate to see the news with all the fire and think about friends and Escape owners ( friends I haven’t met yet) being in danger. Keep safe.
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