June 9 and 10, 2017
Mission, British Columbia
On June 9, we crossed in Canada at Sumas/Abbotsford – this is a smaller border crossing a bit east of the main Seattle/Vancouver corridor. Usually a fairly quiet crossing but there was a Blue Jays game in Seattle so lots of Canadian baseball fans traveling south really had it blocked up southbound. To simplify things we stored our rifle in a mini-storage in Sumas, ($12/month) just a few blocks from the border crossing.
We were staying at Cnoccarne B&B for the first couple of days after reaching Canada. We stopped at a few shops to buy groceries and wine in Abbotsford and then headed to Mission.
I’ve been Facebook friends with Emma Ross for several years now. She and I both have a passion for Irish Wolfhounds. Jon and I lost our last Irish Wolfhound in September, so I was excited to spend some time with her Irish Wolfhounds.
And she had five Irish Wolfhound puppies!
We stayed in our camper in her front parking area which included electricity, water and a picnic table.
It was great meeting her in real life. She was so welcoming. Her dogs are wonderful, too.
We had the opportunity to go on a walk with the puppies with some of the dogs following on the other side of a fence.
The first night we went out for dinner at The Historic Dewdney Pub with a few other local Irish Wolfhound owners. It was a pleasant evening following a rather long day.
The next day, Katy, another Irish Wolfhound owner, and her two dogs came over in the morning. It was great meeting her two dogs, too. We played with the puppies and Emma’s other Wolfhounds.
Jon and I worked on general maintenance and cleaning up the Fuso and camper. It is like owning a very small and quite complicated home. There are always things that need time and attention.
At this point in our trip, we had driven around 5,000 miles. It was time for an oil change. We had bought the supplies in the US. It was good to have the time to do it.
Jon gave Emma a hand getting the mower out a field. To keep the property gorgeous, it takes a lot of mowing.
We drove into Abbotsford for supplies and to exchange some US dollars for Canadian ones. The exchange rate was highly favorable for US dollars. It was 1 US dollar for every 1.33 Canadian dollar. It makes a trip like this much more affordable than if it were the other way around.
We stopped at Lepp Farm Market on our way back to Cnoccarne. They had a great selection of meats and vegetables. We brought a nice loaf of bread to contribute to tonight’s dinner.
Tonight’s dinner was stuffed mushrooms, salad and bread. Emma started a campfire in her back garden.
The weather was great. It was a really treat not to be fixing dinner tonight.
And in such a lovely place and in the company of such wonderful people.
We left on the following morning. It had been great to catch our breath after doing so much travel and crossing the border.