Driving Across the Canadian Border
Last Thursday we drove across into the Canadian border, folks. I was as nervous as a young filly. Will they search our car? What documents will I have to fill out? Will they stamp “Hoarder” onto my passport? Will they turn me away????
Our sole purpose for staying in Great Falls, Montana was the “Sip ‘N Dip”!!! We wanted to see those mermaids swim, darnit!!!! Swim, you mermaids, SWIMMMMM!!!!! But alas, mermaids were just beyond our grasp as they take breaks for national holidays. Crazy, mythical goddesses. Good for you, mermaids. You deserve it.
Here is the “tank” that the mermaids would’ve swam in. It’s basically their indoor pool that closes at 9pm when the mermaids perform. Harsh realities – mermaids get in a chlorine pool after all the hotel’s rambunctious children have sullied it’s waters. Dashing all romanticism.
Tom + Deb (my brother + sister-in-law)!!!!! Avert your eyes!!!! I know you’re wringing your hands right now! Actually, Jeff was EXTREMELY restrained – I was really proud of him. Plus, there was no more room in our G-D car.
Nevertheless!!! Who knew Great Falls was chock full of Hutterites!!!! I was so excited, my heart was palpitating. Hutterites are like celebrities to me! Nevermind the “celebrities” I see at work! As all my close friends know, I’m obsessed with Hutterites ever since my handmade moccasin encounter at a Calgary bar from this post. I took a bunch of spy camera (IPhone) pictures at the Goodwill.
I call this photo, “Thrift Store Warrior”. Slightly frightening. Full of purpose. Ready to destroy.
Okay, get this….there were MORE Hutterites at Salvation Army!!! This guy walked in + said to me in his thick Hutterite German accent, “Yooooo luuuk like reeel cowguuurrrrl.”. At first I forgot that I was walking around the store in a cowboy hat + thought he was referencing my cowgirl status to my muumuu. By the way, I observed that Hutterite men were almost always constantly talking on their cell phones + their clothes are surpisingly ill-fit.
On our way out of Great Falls driving down the 89 Hwy, we spotted Ford’s Drive In with our beady eagle eyes + swerved in real fast-like!!!!
Whatta gem!!! Like total tourist nerdberts, we got out of the car + oogled around. The sweet waitress said, “Oh, we’ll take your order from your car!”.
I ordered the “Green River” soda solely because it reminded me of the “Creedence Clearwater Revival” song + because I didn’t know what the heck it was.
How un-natural is that color?! There’s good ol’ CCR.
I really wanted to keep going but Jeff said, “C’mon Shells, it’ll be your last beer in America.”. Where do I sign up!? The interior of Pierre’s looked like someone’s living room. We were siting there chatting + the stoic guy at the bar asked the usual polite, “Where are you guys from? What do you do for a living?”. Montanians love to ask what you do for a living! We started telling him we both do costumes for film/television. Well, guess what?! His name was Pat Judge Hall + he is a stunt guy + is currently working on “The Lone Ranger”. His past screen credits have included, “Cowboys + Aliens” + “Dances with Wolves” – he even knew one of my costumer friends from Los Angeles!!!! Totally small world! Dupuyer is seriously TINY, people! Oh, + his license plate read, “INJUNPWR”. So dope.
I totally look like I’m in pain in this photo + Pat looks like a handsome film star.
Farther north along the 89 Hwy became “open range” territory. I was freaking out because of all the free wandering cows + horses! I’m from Los Angeles, yo – what the heck are these animals wandering about willy nilly!
Border crossing at Chief Mountain!!!! Oooooh, we were so amped up – we had never driven across the border together. And especially with the car packed to the brim!!! But I was prepared, y’all!!! I had our passports + IDs, car registration + insurance in my hot little hands! Plus, I had copies of our marriage certificate + documents that proved we were starting our immigration paperwork (i.e. copies of medical exam, FBI report etc.). After 10 minutes of questions, the customs agent waved us through! Without searching the car OR paperwork!!!!! We were SO RELIEVED!!!!!! Here we are on Canadian soil!!!
HUZZAH!!!! I was so scared that after the 6 day drive we were going to get denied at the border + be turned around after all that driving. It’s not as trepidacious as we both thought it was going to be. As long as you are prepared, have documents in hand + are honest – you have nothing to fear!!!! Good luck fellow travelers to Canuck Land!!!!