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[cdt-l] Border Trivia

Hey Monte. That cute redhead had a reason to go to Chief Mtn border
crossing. That border guard from PA was her fianc=E9. We met her at Goat Ha=
border crossing. She was the only ranger to check our permit on the CDT. We
chatted with her for about half an hour while eating lunch. She was closing
up the ranger station and leaving for PA the next day.

Our border crossing was bad, but not as bad as Turtles. We paid for a jitne=
back to Chief Mtn from Waterton Lakes. The Canadian driver could not drive
us beyond the border, so we got out to walk back into the US. First words
out of the guards mouth "Passports, Please". Thank God we had the foresight
to mail them in our box to East Glacier. The we answered the airline
questions - any drugs, firearms, .... It wasn't bad and they let us through=
The last question was what are you going to do now, walk to St Mary? We
explained that we hoped to hitch to East Glacier and walked up the road
about 50 feet. As cars stopped for the border crossing they were searched
pretty well. Then, the *&^% border guard said, "See those people over there=
They want to hitchhike into town. They might be dangerous. They might have =

That pretty much killed the idea of getting a ride. I wondered if those
drivers ever thought that the border guard was supposed to check us for a
gun. That was his responsibility. I sure thought about telling them that.

We ended up hiking a couple of miles to get away from the border. Eventuall=
we got a ride. But I won't forget that border guard.

----- Original Message -----
From: <Montedodge@aol.com>
To: <cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 12:28 PM
Subject: [cdt-l] Border Trivia

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 As a lowly section hiker of the CDT , I did get the thrill of thumbing bac=
to the states from Waterton. I finished the last 5 days with PA Jeff and Je=
along with Amigo this year. Jen had her Dad meet her at Border, but Jeff
Amigo and I thumbed. This great looking Red Head ranger gal fell for Amigo'=
charm and gave us a ride to border. At border ( We looked like Manson
Worshipers from the past!) the guard just happened to be from P.A. and him
and Jeff just talked about stuff from back home. He looked at our drivers
licenses and said take care. ( Easy as pie) Meanwhile a van of hippie gals
sat outside the office puffing away on cigs as everything they owned was
dismantled. In fact last week, we went to Vancover for daughter's Irish
contest and had a harder time crossing back. ( They said we needed our birt=
cert.)  This was scary as we smugged 2 bottles of 222 codeine aspin across
for my moms bad hip. ( I think she just likes the mellow buzz!!)3
     Sounds like the N.M. guards just have a big case of " Badge-I-Dess" or
slow day. Not many terrorist like using hiking poles. You would think they
would be street wise enough by now to tell a thru-hiker when they see
If not our country IS IN TROUBLE!!
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