DNF during a big road trip from Fargo to Duluth via International Falls.
I spent about 3 hours across the border in Canada finding two caches and visiting two others.
When I returned, the U.S. Customs totally hassled me.
The simply could not [B]believe[/B] that someone would cross the border for 3 hours of 'hiking'.
US: "What were you doing for three hours?"
US: "You don't have any hiking gear!"
ME: "Sure I do!" [I]point at boots[/I] "and I have the leg scratches to prove it!"
US: "Who did you meet?"
US: "There's nowhere to 'hike'."
ME: "Sure there is. There are plenty of places if you open your eyes."
US: "You are from Texas. What are you doing way out here?"
ME: "I grew up in Minnesota and am revisiting places from my youth."
US: "You visited Amsterdam last year. Why?"
ME: "I flew in for a Computer Science conference."
US: "Why are you in a rental car?"
ME: "I'm on vacation in Minnesota."
US: "You are married with kids. Where are they?"
ME: "It's a [B]VACATION[/B] from all that."
[I]They then tear the car apart and get the sniffers out.
They return with a ... GEOCOIN![/I]
US: "What is THIS supposed to be? Is it valuable?"
ME: "It's a geocoin."
[I]I then proceed to explain geocaching to their utter consternation.[/I]
US: "How many of these 'caches' are there?"
ME: "About half a million worldwide.
There are four here in Fort Frances and about 30 in International Falls.
Minneapolis has thousands."
US: "Did you take any pictures? Do you have any proof of this?"
ME: "Of course!"
[I] So I show them pictures from 'Sportsman's Paradise II' and 'Little Amik' and 'Marsh Monster Mash Cache'.[/I]
They finally give up and let me drive off in my now disheveled rental car.
So the frustration of my DNF here was a perfect fit for my border crossing experience ...
[This entry was edited by Indigo Parrish on Sunday, June 29, 2008 at 1:37:53 PM.]