We were not really planning on visiting Ritzville. In fact...we had never even heard of Ritzville. So how is it that we brought home a souvenir from a little unknown town in Washington? Let me tell you.
We were on our way to Idaho...for the wedding I told you about yesterday. We had my dad along for the journey...
...and spent the first night in the charming little town of Leavenworth. Dad quite enjoyed himself...
...and even got a chance to try his hand at fishing while we were there. They had a 'catch and release' trout pond at the place where we were staying.
Though we had planned to go out for a Bavarian meal that evening...we were so happy with our accommodations that we decided to stay put and order in pizza instead. Pizza and Bratwurst...das war gut!
Did I ever mention that Dad likes to tell stories? When we went to bed that night...his stories were not yet finished...and so he carried on where he had left off the next morning. We were back on the road...eastward bound for Idaho. Hubby was so engrossed in listening to stories...that he somehow forgot the car had cruise control. For miles we stayed behind a bike-toting SUV and as we sailed through Ritzville...several police cars appeared on the highway ahead of us. An officer waved over the bike-toting SUV...and then he waved us over as well. An airplane flying overhead had clocked us at 80mph in a 70mph zone. Distracted by stories is no defense...and we left with a souvenir speeding ticket from Ritzville. Oh dear!
We asked the officer to relay to the driver of the bike-toting vehicle that he was to blame for our offense...since we were simply following. The officer told us that the driver of the lead vehicle was not amused. Amused or not...we were both guilty as charged.
As we crossed the border back into Canada on Saturday night...we were asked to state the value of all the goods we were bringing back into the country. Our answer was 'Zero'.
Our answer should have been -$113. Thankfully the Canada Post employees are back at work today. The cheque is in the mail!
If you are planning a road trip anytime soon...be sure to use the cruise control. Better safe than sorry!