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Saturday, April 03, 2021

A Rollercoaster Kind of a Day

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Update Day 1 - Had hopes and made an appointment at local Rite Aid for tests at noon today. Unfortunately, the fine print says drive-through only. So even if we found a taxi or Uber driver who'd lend us to drive into the testing facility, Jay doesn't drive. Scratch that idea. Walked to Peace Arch to get some hard info from the Canadian health officer. We got another sheet of testing locations most of which don't work for us and they have not been updated since December. Also, ditch finding exactly what to do.. However, we did get a hot tip there about possible testing at Bellingham Airport ($60 Uber if a driver will pick up.) At least we can get temp rental wheels but will have to return to the location and get back to the hotel in Blaine. Kind of dumpy hotel here is cheaper by the week, so bought it. If we can't get it sorted out by then, we can pay CA$ 3400 each as fine. Oh my! 
A Fisherman's Family Wait for His Return
Day 1.1 Update - Read about Whatcom county web portal for COVID testing via Google search. Created accounts. Verified personal data. In the afternoon, we signed up for walk-in appointments at Bellingham International Airport at 5:30 and 5:33 PM. Called an Uber at 3:30 and got to the airport at around 4:10. We waited in a queue for 10 minutes standing between the cars. Quickly got tested and walked to the terminal for wifi. Got in our return Uber at 4:36 PM and asked to be left off at a store in Blaine. Then, we walked in our hotel room at 5:47. May need to wait up to a maximum of 48 hours for PCR results. It was a day of accomplishments.
Motel International!

We will be staying in room #14 here until we get our results.  If they're negative, we'll be heading home.  If either is positive we will have an extra two weeks of vacation and will probably rent a car and drive around Washington State.


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