Monday, August 13, 2007

Lengthy Border Waits

Yesterday morning we went down to Washington where our church youth camp is being held for our Sunday morning service. On the way down, we ended up waiting for about 45 minutes. That's somewhat reasonable, I'd say, considering the volume of traffic. If I knew I would have to wait exactly 30 minutes every time, it would be much better than simply not knowing how long it will take.

On our way back, however, we ran into some absolutely huge delays. The radio was reporting a 1.5 hour wait, but we ended up at least 3 hours wait to get back into Canada. One border crossing had construction delays, and the overflow went to another, creating even more there.


Waiting in line. Move mouse over picture to see us after a while.

Needless to say, we weren't all that impressed, but we survived. We got to talk a bit, Natasha learned a new game on her cell phone, and I examined the Shogi board (Japanese Chess) I bought in Bellingham.

The borders are becoming increasingly problematic, especially for people we know who cross the border a lot. There are probably more people crossing because the currency is nearly equal. And other factors like construction are holding up traffic even further.

If you are going to cross the border, bring some music, a book, or a game to play while you're waiting. Anything to help pass the time. Enjoy the wait, everyone!

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8 Smart Remarks:

Anonymous Nick Amado said...

Haha..Great pic! Sucks that you had to wait though!

2:19 PM  
Anonymous Mr. H said...

Hilarious pictures!!!

Can someone start a email / letter writing / petition to BOTH USA and Canadian Federal Governments to hire more border guards...I mean, I would rather pay for their wages than the gas and wear and tear on my vehicle...never mind the frustration!

It is disheartening to be in a long lineup and only have 1 or 2 of the 4 or 5 gates open.

I would even gladly pay a small fee to cross...people pay fees just to cross bridges. Just get me across!!!

And think of the air pollution all that idling causes!!!

They should also change the road / lane set ups at the crossings so that no one can drive down the shoulder or around the block and jump in front of 20 cars who have waited their turn!

Sigh! :(

6:55 PM  
Anonymous mom hoyer said...

At least you guys have a good sense of humor...cute pictures!
If things don't improve you may
have to pack a lunch next time :-D

10:49 PM  
Anonymous Mrs. Trooper said...

I'm NEVER crossing the border again! HAHAHA. That's what I was saying as we were waiting in line... AND as people we butting us in line. Oh well, what can you do eh? That's life.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad covered alot of good points! I'd have to agree with him!

5:05 PM  
Anonymous e. said...

3 HOURS !!! That is unbelievable !!

7:29 PM  
Anonymous Leah said...

Don't let the border guards see the camera :P....technically you're not supposed to have cameras or phones with in sight of the port of entry, because, you know, you could take pictures of it so you can plan your terrorist attack.

I once got 'talk to' by a guard as I was waiting in a lengthy line.

The border's a special trial we get to deal with on a week-to-week basis.

3:11 PM  
Anonymous Trooper said...

I don't have any cameras out, or cell phones not on silent when I go through the border.

Having a camera near the border is pretty harmless, at least around here. The Peach Arch park basically sits right on the border and people are all over there taking wedding pictures and what not. I think it's pretty foolish to suspect someone taking pictures of being a terrorist. Sure, maybe some do, but how much information can it really provide? And further, surely someone could be more sneaky about it as to not be seen.

3:45 PM  

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