four years ago today [2012.09.22]
it was the first day of autumn.. summer was officially over and i still had a lot more to explore before it got too cold. i went north toward the peace arch monument at the canadian border this day. i parked nearby and rode my bike to the park and monument. i technically walked into canada when i walked around to the other side of the monument. there were lots of flowers and landscaping at the monument and park, and it was interesting to see that that there was no fence, gate, or anything between the united states and canada at the park.. one could just walk across the field and leave the country if one wanted to. this was quite different than i'd later see at the mexican border. it’s funny i went to peace arch this day as the day before was the international day of peace. i’m not sure that i realized it when i decided to make my way towards peace arch.. it probably just was a “random” coincidence that i ended up on my way there at the time.
i biked back toward where i had parked and explored that area a little bit before heading to a nearby campground. it was nice to be near campgrounds that were part of the package i had purchased.. in populated areas it certainly was easier than driving far to find a discreet spot to stay the night (especially as days grew shorter). after setting up my camper, i went for a bike ride to the nearby bay to see the sun set. some days were less exciting than others, though it was interesting to get to see different places in the country. and being on a trip with no return date and on my own schedule, it didn't really matter if i wasted a vacation day that one might typically try to squeeze a lot of activity in to before having to head home. my home was wherever i was.