Thunder Bay 2015 Part 5: Journey Home

This will be my final update on this year’s Thunder Bay trip. With as much fun as we were having, there finally came a time to pack things up. We said our goodbyes and hit the road.

Although we experienced some overcast and rainy days during Friday and Saturday, the weather during the trip up and back couldn’t have been better! With temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s and hardly a cloud in sight, conditions were perfect for taking in the beauty of God’s creation.

There is something unique about the landscape and scenery north of the border. Maybe it’s the combination of the long escarpments rising out of the rolling farmland amidst the tamaracks and evergreens. Or maybe the contrast of blue sky and water surrounded by a forest of leafless trees with white birch scattered throughout. Whatever the reason, I enjoyed the view. Most of the pictures I’m sharing in this update are from within Canada.

Before I close, however, I must share one last story.

As we approached the border crossing to enter back into the United States, I was a passenger in the lead vehicle with three guys behind us in the other. When it was our turn, we drove up to the window where the border agent asked us the expected questions: “Where are you from?” “What did you do during your stay in Canada?” “Are you bringing any drugs, weapons, alcohol, or food across the border?” You know the drill.

After answering the questions to the border agent’s satisfaction, he gave us a smile and said, “Welcome back, guys!” We drove on through, parking along side the road to wait for the guys in the second vehicle. After a few minutes, they pulled up along side us. We rolled down our windows, intending to discuss lunch plans.

That was when the driver of the second vehicle held up the apple. From breakfast at the hotel. In Canada. Uh oh!

He just chuckled and said, “The agent said ‘Looks like a Washington apple, you’re ok!'” We all laughed at that, relieved it didn’t turn into a long delay. That was when the driver added, “The agent also said you guys told him we were a bunch of ‘bad guys’ [ten letter word starting with ‘T’] following you.” WHAT?!?! A border agent with a sense of humor? No way! We couldn’t stop laughing at that one.

This was a very memorable trip and I’m already looking forward to next year!