For the third year in a row we are doing a geocaching road trip to the US in the spring. This year we will spend 3½ weeks driving from Las Vegas to Seattle (including a few days just north of the American/Canadian border).
Today we started out in Everett, Washington and headed north towards the border. We made a few cache stops in the US and crossed into Canada at around 11 am. After a stop at the White Rock we wanted to go hiking in the Woodlot on the border of Maple Ridge and Mission. Naturally we asked our GPS to lead us there, but due to our not so recent version of Garmin City Navigator that was unsuccessful! We ended up on McMillan Island in the Fraser River at the Albion Ferry which was taken out of service in 2009... According to our map the nearest bridges over the river were approximately 20 km (direct line) away... We used this opportunity to visit the earthcache on the island and made the long detour.
After this unpleasant experience we very happy that Woodlot turned out to be a very interesting place to visit. It offered a nice bunch of caches as well as a good hike in a beautiful forest. We were very impressed by the mountain bike trail, which at some places seemed like an invitation to suicide! We even got the opportunity to see a biker in action!
After our hike we headed for our hotel in Langley. We suddenly discovered a new bridge, which would be a great shortcut to the hotel. However, we too late discovered that it was a toll bridge. That fact didn't bother us that much, but we could not find anywhere to pay for the crossing. We afterwards realized that there was no way of paying and that the bill would be forwarded to the rental car company. That is not exactly tourist friendly as one crossing (which usually costs $4.10) will cost you $35!
The evening was spent in the Langley area where we found some caches and a place to eat.
The White Rock Earthcache got the honor of being our very first find in Canada. The attached photo was taken at 11:15. Thanks for the quick permission to log and thanks for the cache!
Greetings from Denmark!