We made it to Chilliwack across the U.S. in the afternoon at about 1:30 Pacific Time!!! Woohoo!
The last leg of the journey was a shorter one comparing with the previous drives. We covered about 375 miles today. Near Thorp, a group of white windmills were rotating their arms on the hills with Mt Adams in the background. From the town of Cle Elum, we had an awesome view of Mt Adams. I imagine the rosy peaks in the morning would be even more beautiful. Two through arch bridges crossed over the Cle Elum River.
We drove across the Cascades Range via the Snoqualmi Pass. The Wanatchee National Forest was filled with dense pines. Approaching the pass, a blue lake appeared on the west, and snow covered mountain peaks stood high up ahead against the diamond blue sky. Fluffy clouds floated among the mountains. The picturesque view invited travelers to stay and explore. But we kept on going and perhaps we will come back another time.
As we got closer to the Seattle area, a massive green mountain stood like a wall straight up ahead. I-90 W took us around it. Groups of pink spike flowers bloomed by the road and welcomed us to Seattle.
We took Exit 10 to I-405 and then I-5 going north. The city of Bellevue sat by the beautiful Lake Sammish. As we drove by Smith Island, the magnificent snow peak of Mt Baker appeared in the northern sky again. Looked across the lake, another magnificent snow capped mountain embossed the eastern sky.
We got off I-5 and passed a small town Nooksack. Driving on the narrow two-lane country road, raspberry fields filled the farmlands on both sides. It is the berry season, and we could see the red raspberries on the staked plants. Herds of brown cows were taking a snooze at noon. It was 77 degrees and a lot cooler than yesterday.
Sumas is a border town. I had to throw away the trash and apples before lining up in front of the custom. It was 12:45 p.m. When it was our turn, the custom officer asked us to turn off the engine and recorded the license plate. The questions she asked were as below:
“What is your address?”
“When will you leave Canada?”
“What are you going to do between now and then?”
“Where are you going to stay?”
“Do you have any liquor or cigarettes in the truck?”
“When was your last visit to Canada?”
We crossed the U.S.-Canadian border at Sumas at about 1 in the afternoon. Rows of nice houses on the hillside had a magnificent view of Mt Baker. The sign by the road said “Chilliwack 18.” I said we only had 18 miles to go. Stephen corrected me that we only had 18 kilometers to go. Canadian uses metric measurements for speeds. After 8 days, 2,420 miles drive all the way from Ohio, we were so excited to cross the Vedder Canal, passed the Escape trailer factory, and arrived at our destination of our journey west! The snow peaks of the Elk Mountain welcomed us in the Eastern sky. Cheers!