Linden,WA to Vancouver,BC

I woke up to yet another beautiful day.

Linden is a cute little town that was originally a Dutch settlement. The residents are proud of it and have built on that tradition. I had breakfast at Dutch Mother’s Cafe

But am afraid I had a ‘Very Veggie’ omelet and nothing very Dutch about it. The breakfast was very good and just what I was wanting. I spent the rest of the morning wandering about the Main Street of downtown – actually named Front St. It was decorated for Labor Day

I wandered further down the street where music was playing and someone was talking over a loudspeaker. Pushcart races. I had to stay and watch that.

Apparently losing a wheel or two is not grounds to stop, they were still expected to push the cart with its rider over the finish line. I did see one race where a cart lost a back wheel and yet they made it to the finish … last.

There was also a dunking booth, a fire truck for kids to ooh over and plenty of food. It was nice soaking up some Americana on Labor Day.

But it was noon and time to head for Canada. I filled up the tank with US gas and headed for the border. The B&B owner in Stevenson Lake had told me horror stories about spending up to 5 hours in line waiting to cross the border. I was barely back on I-5 before the signage informed me that the wait was <5 min. Of course I picked the short line which soon became the long line but even so I don’t think I was there more than maybe 7 minutes. I showed my passport and answered the standard questions. Since they ask if you’re carrying alcohol, I was wondering if they would also ask if I was carrying tobacco and/or cannabis. It seems like the restrictions should be the same for all 3. Well, I might not have expected them to ask that but I still think all 3 should be treated the same…. Well, the same as far as taxing and the like. I still support no smoking in a bar. It’s not like someone is going to get drunk by sitting next to be in a bar. But I digress.

The roads into Vancouver were moving along and I tried to accustom myself to reading the kmh instead of the mph dial but mostly just went with the flow of traffic. My hotel is in the downtown area so the driving got a little tougher as I got close. Like most cities, too many one-way streets. Also I had not thought ahead to realize there was not going to be a big empty parking lot next to the hotel. I went around a few blocks from the hotel and finally found surface parking. I got checked in and then moved my car to the nearby parking garage that had the 5th floor reserved for hotel parking.

The Moda hotel is smallish and just the kind I like in cities. The room is done in black and white with red accents. Everything within the room is clean and modern. On the ground floor of the building there is Trattoria, a wine bar, and a sports bar.

As it was only 2 by the time I got checked in I headed out on foot for the waterfront. I stopped to change some money and then headed down Granville street. There was a TaiwanFest going with several blocks cordoned off for the festivities.

The costumes of black tights and tops with a flannel shirt tied around the waist was unexpected by me at least – also many were sporting cowboy hats.

If you look straight down the street in the picture you will see the smoke stack of a cruise ship … geez those things are big! There were 2 of them in port that I saw once I walked down to the Canada Place port area. It made getting a picture across the water a bit of a challenge as they blocked a bunch of the view but I gave it my best shot anyway.

Based on my map, that’s North Vancouver on the other side of the water.

I enjoyed some leisurely walking along the waterfront for the remainder of the afternoon.

For dinner I headed to the Cinema Public House where I had the most amazing fish tacos paired with Driftwood Fat Tug IPA.

So I live in the desert SW and this was the second time I had incredibly awesome fish tacos in the Pacific NW. Obviously all about the fish!

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