We crossed into the States at Port Angles on Easter Sunday. At US Customs, we gave the Border Agent our passports and he then asked where we were headed. I said, Rodeo, NM. He paused, looked back and then asked me if I was pulling a horse trailer.
Oh boy... I was speechless... The last thing I wanted to do was make him look stupid.
We were not going to a rodeo in NM... but how to break it to him diplomatically? Thinking feverishly, I then explained to him what a unique trailer we were pulling... two fiberglass halves glued together... what... if one didn't cut holes in it, it would float... or could use it as a water tank! As he then looked at me with a puzzled look on his face, he asked about veggies, fruits & eggs... Thanks goodness, no more horsies or rodeos... But then my wife said yes, we only have a dozen eggs. Whoops, not good... then came the dreaded words... "pull over there"!
Now I'm carrying a 12" telescope behind the driver's seat that looks like a cannon, going through the same border crossing that a terrorist used a few years back on the way to LA and this guy thinks I'm going to a rodeo in NM
Now the good news... After pulling over to the side, a new agent, after chatting with the first one comes over and asked about the eggs and wants to see them. My wife gets out, opens the trailer, takes out the eggs and the agent asks her if they are hard boiled. She says no, so he says... I'll have to confiscate them.
My wife says... I checked on the US Customs website and there is no mention of bringing eggs into the US. His reply... you folks are not allowing US eggs into Canada, so we now not going to allow your eggs into the US.
Now, I'm overhearing their conversation and I'm thinking... has my wife gone mad
Give him the damn eggs before he checks the back seat and finds the "cannon"... I'm envisioning twenty years to life in Leavenworth... and she's worried about a dozen eggs...
Well cooler heads prevail and my wife begrudgingly forfeits the eggs... All is good and we can go
As we pull away she is still "pissed" and says to me... I was going to tell him "How dare he take my eggs away from me on Easter Sunday... The Easter Bunny brought them to me"
Leavenworth Baby... Leavenworth... Don't fool with, or try to figure out Customs on either side of the border