Thursday, July 17, 2014

Wednesday July 16, 2014-Addison Oaks county park, Leonard MI

We decided to ride over into Sarnia, Ontario Canada with Ted and Donna, across the Blue Highway bridge. We have not visited Canada before, so it was a new experience for us.

Getting close... 

This is both a toll booth and our first encounter with one of Canada's border guards. When questioned by the guard, Ted and I were both truthful about the questions about having guns, but we were also truthful about NOT having any with us. I don't know if this questioning is common and asked of everyone or if we were profiled because we are from Texas. We have walked into Mexico many times with no questions at all and we were very surprised this time. Ted said that when he crossed when they lived in Michigan, he was never asked. At any rate, we were flagged for a search of Ted's truck, but of course, nothing was found. These two Border Patrol officers were much friendlier and after the search, they offered suggestions for lunch locations. I wasn't really insulted or troubled by these people doing their jobs, but was somewhat surprised.

Past the checkpoint and on the bridge into Canada. 

The St. Clair river separating the United States and Canada. The river is a beautiful blue, hence the name the Blue Water bridge.

We went to a small park overlooking the river and looking back toward the US.

The Canadian flag and several Provincial and Tribal flags. 

While driving around Sarnia, we had a very nice view of the big bridge. 

Beautiful blue water. 

A closer view of the bridge. 

Lots of gulls and ducks. They apparently exist on handouts from visitors to the park.

We had lunch at a place named Stokes Bay Grille and Bar in Sarnia. The service was excellent but the food was just okay. Nothing special, but I must say that Donna was the only one of us that had "Canadian" food. We didn't really explore the city too much, hoping to avoid any traffic jams crossing the bridge.

Stella and I will cross the border into Canada again when we go to Sault Ste. Marie next week. I'm not sure if we will be in a different Province or not, so maybe a Canadian will see this and give me an answer.

We had an uneventful trip back, crossing the border into the United States with no drama. We stopped at a McDonald's for an ice cream cone, but otherwise, nothing else to report. We did see a couple of turkeys (wild) and a few deer.

So long.

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