Our last week at home was filled with lots of love and “see you in a while”s as we said see you later to friends and family and finished up the rest of our packing. I could NOT have done this without the help of our friends, the Thomas family, who RV full time and travel around the country with their own family of 4! Cindy was amazing enough to come help me sort through nearly every pile of clothing my children own and then pack it in the camper,
while all 8 kids lounged around and the guys planned exactly how many electrical cords and extra tool kits we needed to bring with us!
We got the last minute jobs done, like putting in the boot I made for the truck camper!
And FINALLY, right on schedule on May 15th, 2015 we were ready to hit the road!!!
We made it to Weed, California the first night before stopping to sleep. Then, woke up Saturday morning and drove all the way to Bellingham, Washington. We spent the night at the Custer Rest Area, and woke up bright and early Sunday morning, ready to cross the border into Canada at the Blaine, WA border crossing. We expected this to be quick and easy. We had our passports out and ready, and Corey and I have both crossed into Canada several times. But, when we pulled in, and they asked if we had any eggs or fruit and we said yes, that was Strike 1. Then, they asked if we had any guns, which we did NOT (but apparently, they didn’t exactly believe us), Strike 2. THEN, they asked us where we were going, and we told them Alaska, but we didn’t exactly have a destination in mind for Canada, and STRIIIIIKKKKE 3!!! Hulegans…you’re the lucky winners of a full vehicle search and pat down! Welcome to Canada! So, into the Border Patrol office all 6 of us go, and wait for 2 hours, while the officers search every nook and cranny of our camper looking for
eggs and apples whatever it was they thought we might be hiding, because when it was all over, they only came out of the camper with my 2 bags of apples. I had to go back and get the eggs to throw away myself! Anyway, the kids were troopers and sat there as quietly as you can expect them to after having sat in a car for the past 36 hours, and we made it into Canada with all but our 36 eggs and 2 bags of apples (and my pride…because the border patrol officer found and carefully inspected my bottle of “Poo Secret Poo-Pourii Spray” right in front of me!)
Once we made it through the border it was on to the Trans-Canada Highway 1, to start our journey up towards Dawson Creek. We had to stop for gas before too long and ran into our 2nd road bump of the day; we forgot to call the credit card company and let them know we’d be out of the country! So when we went to fill up, we had to pay an extra $3.50 to call from out of country and give the all clear to use our card! Rookie traveling mistakes, I guess…
Our route today followed the Fraser River and I enjoyed all the scenic views this area had in store for us. We stopped for our first official night of camping in Clinton, BC at the Gold Rush RV Park, and experienced a huge rain, thunder, and lightening storm just after dinner. Thank goodness this isn’t a tent camping expedition!
Well…that’s where we are. We’re hoping we’ve hit the hardest of the learning curves today (don’t pack eggs when you’re going to Canada, and call your credit card company before leaving home) and that tomorrow will be smoother driving. We’re planning on making it to Baskerville, BC tomorrow, an historic Gold Rush town that’s supposedly worth seeing. See you after the next adventure!