Early Thursday morning, 29MAY, we got up early to try & get everything ready for a noon departure on our Alaska trip. What Alaska trip you ask? Those that know our RV adventures, know that we have intended for last several years to visit Alaska for several months during summer in RV. Due to events (some good – birth of grandkids, some bad – Dan rehab’ing from roof fall) we had to postpone the trip. But now it looks like everything is go for launch; if we can get everything done for departureJ!!!
Biggest priority for Dan was getting computer issues solved. Then Dan made a garbage run & finished loading the cargo holds. Meanwhile Corrie took care of food, wash & the storage of household items.
Finally at 1:30PM we hit the road to our first stop in Leavenworth, WA, to visit Dan’s cousin Sheila & Alan (see below BLOG link for last visit w/them at Sheila’s mom’s house (Aunt Madeline)). Although it was a later start than we planned & they work; we still managed a great visit, with a tour of the house they are building & dinner at the Wok About Grill. Of course we encountered rain on the drive there – so much for washing the RV & the Toad.
Friday AM we got an early start toward Kelowna, BC. At the border Dan’s “criminal past” finally caught up to him; resulting in an almost two hour delay, a lengthy private conversation w/Canadian officials in a windowless room; but thankfully no body searches. It would take way too much typing to describe the entire history of Dan’s criminal past & what he(we) endured at the border to tell it all in the BLOG.
The short story is – back in late 70s there was another Daniel F Ryan w/exact same birth date who lived in Kirkland, WA (Dan lived 20 miles away in Redmond). The other Dan was six ft, blue eyes, brown hair; Dan was six ft, blue eyes, blond hair (before baldness). Other Dan drove an orange Saab, Dan drove an orange Datsun. The only real differences between the two was place of birth & SSNs.
In the 70s King County Police arrested the other Dan for drug dealing & apparently he missed his court date. So, King County twice came out to Dan’s parent’s house in Redmond to arrest him!!! After several tries the matter was resolved & Dan completely forgot about it over the years. Well apparently the other Dan re-offended in 2009 & the Canadians never got the word about the identity mix-up. Eventually the RCMP got a recent mug shot from WA, & we were free to go. We just wonder what awaits us when we cross back into USA?
Later than planned we arrived at Corrie’s High School friend, Faye MacAuley & Dave’s, for another excellent visit on the start of our trip. Faye & Corrie last visited in June 2013, when Faye visited us in Sultan (see below BLOG). Note, we have been to Kelowna once before under less pleasant circumstances, when we had a major RV mechanical problem in September 2009.