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Chris and Christine's Wedding

Friday, September 4th, 2009

A couple of weekends ago we drove out to Detroit for our friends Chris and Christine's wedding. We were driving there and had a couple possible routes to take: we could have looped around the bottom of Lake Erie for a total of about a 9 hour drive or as we chose, drive through Canada and cut the time down to 6.5 hours.

This was the first time I've ever been in Canada, which I'm not quite sure why as we live like 80 miles away. You now need a passport to get in and out of Canada, or one of those enhanced NYS licenses which cost just about as much as a passport. My passport was right where I left it in my safe-deposit box, but Rachelle's wasn't. It was finally tracked down in one of Christine (the bride)'s purses from when they went to Europe for a school trip. The drive through Canada was really boring, there was really nothing to look at. There was this "express" highway called the ETR that is a toll road and not labeled very well as such. There aren't any toll booths either, they take a picture of your license plate and mail you a bill! We successfully avoided this road and made it with no problems. We had to wait at both borders (NY->Canada and Canada->Michigan) and that was a miserable experience. When we entered Michigan we waited for more than an hour in 20 lanes of cars all going nowhere. At least we made it through without any cavity searches.

I was really surprised by the state of the roads in Michigan, they're awful! They make all the cars there but have the worst roads ever.

The wedding itself was great. The ceremony was rather brief (always appreciated by the guests) and I was able to get some decent pictures. Since Rachelle was in the bridal party I figured I was going to be on my own to get to and from the church and reception, but I was able to hang out with another bridesmaid's husband (Fred) and a couple other people I know. They also arranged for a shuttle between the hotel and the reception, which was great because the reception was like 10 miles away.

We left pretty early the next day to beat the traffic at the border crossings. This worked out great and we had barely any wait at all at either border. It was still a long trip, but not sitting in line going nowhere made it much better.

Chris and Christine

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