Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Leaving Canada

We crossed the border back into the United States via the Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge this afternoon. The Rainbow Bridge is so-named because you can often see a rainbow over the Niagara Falls, which are just upstream from the bridge, while you're crossing. The Rainbow Bridge was constructed near the site of the Honeymoon Bridge, which had collapsed in 1938, due to an ice jam in the river. A joint Canadian and American commission had already been considering a new bridge to replace it, and the collapse hastened the need to replace it.

Before leaving, we stopped at the duty free shop to pick up a few things. Buying at a duty free shop is a great way to save on items, especially alcoholic beverages, because those shops are exempt from the payment of certain local or national taxes and duties. The requirement is that the goods sold will be sold to travelers who will take them out of the country. So, once you buy from the duty free shop, you've got to exit the country. Thus, we drove into the parking lot of the shop, paid for our items, picked up our items at a drive through window, and then immediately exited Canada via the Niagara Falls Rainbow Bridge. According to United States government regulations, a person is allowed to bring only one liter of an alcoholic beverage into the United States duty free. We brought in a bit more than our allowed exemption, but, the officer at the border just waved us on.

We've stopped in Columbus, Ohio for a bite to eat. As we passed through the McDonald's, I found myself somewhat disappointed that I couldn't get any poutine. Yet, my spirits instantly lifted when I discovered that McDonald's is now severing breakfast all day! It finally happened! God Bless America!

No comments:

Post a Comment