Canada back to USA

August 20 – 26, 2012
Going through customs back into the USA was interesting.  I wish I had taken a picture of the border facility you have to go through.  Four lanes going into Canada and four lanes going out of Canada.  Security people everywhere.  They asked for our passports, asked questions about money and firearms and then had us pull through so the trailer could be inspected.  They confiscated our fruit (2 apples and 2 tomatoes) and made a cursory look at the trailer.  We didn’t have to put out the slides.  The process took about 30 minutes and then we were on our way.

We drove from Kelowna, Canada to Clear Lake Military Recreational Site just outside of Spokane, WA.  Fairchild Air Force Based is located in Spokane.  John explained that many times the military will buy recreational sites for their personnel to use.  You have to show military ID to stay here.

 
 

Clear Lake is quite an active place.  On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, it seemed like a quiet little RV park on the edge of a lake.  However on Thursday someone had a picnic with a great big firetruck rubber thing the kids could climb on; horseshoe games going on, Frisbee, kids and people everywhere.  On Friday there was a formal military presentation going on at the large pavilion with a BBQ afterwards as well as another one going on at the opposite end with more rubber blow up rides for the kids.  On Saturday, the park was full of tents and trailers.  Lots of kids, parents and grandparents fishing from boats and the three boat docks.  Sunday there was a church service with a picnic afterward.  This place comes alive as the week goes on.  It’s been very interesting to watch.


On Wednesday we drove over to Coeur D’Alene, ID to look at the lake and surrounding area.

The town is typical of a resort area.  However, they had these beautiful hanging planters up and down the main street on both sides. 

At one end of the lake were some private beaches.  Here is a picture of my favorite one
 
On our way back to our campsite we stopped to see the Spokane Falls:

 

In the Spokane Park is this great big red wagon….look at how small the people are standing by it….
 

 For you JAZZ basketball fans, this is a picture of John Stockton’s Dad’s bar and grill in Spokane

 
We stayed in Boise on Monday night at the Air Nationl Guard Base. 
 
  
It was a quick one-night stay.  We took advantage of their free laundromat facilities and did three weeks worth of laundry!
 
We are now back at Hillfield Air Force Base and will stay here until the first of October.  We’ll be catching up with family and friends and then on the road again.

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