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Frosted Flakes: Dollar Stores, Prairie Dog Problems and Quarantined in Canada

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Today is the end of my 14-day quarantine/self-isolation in Canada. Two weeks ago my parents and I crossed the Montana/Alberta border after spending around two weeks into the United States. Four weeks ago, I took a night bus from Guadalajara to Mexico and then flew out to Miami to meet my Mom, Dad and brother. We were all helping my brother move all of his stuff (and a few of my things I left at his place when I started traveling) over to Columbus, Ohio where he started his medical residency last week. He did his undergrad at Arkansas so as you can imagine he is thrilled about being in Big Ten country.

After spending a week in Columbus (and taking a day trip up to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton for Father’s Day), I flew with my parents to Denver, Colorado. Why Denver? Because of the limited flights coming in and out of Canada, it was cheaper to fly in and out of Denver. On the way back to Canada, we took our time and made a couple stops to see Devils Tower National Monument (Bear Lodge) in Wyoming and Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota to get in a bit of hiking before our quarantine ahead.

After we talked with the Canada immigration officer, we were instructed to drive a little further into Canada where we were stopped by workers from Health Canada. They took our temperatures and we had to fill out a form with our address where we would quarantine, contact information, places we had visited in the last few weeks and a few other things before sending us on our merry way. A few days later we were called by Health Canada representatives to ask a few more questions (how we were feeling, who was getting us groceries, etc.) If none of us had answered the phone calls, the sheriff would have paid a visit to our house. We weren’t stupid like these people in Ontario.

Now we can roam free. I’m looking forward to doing some hiking tomorrow and on Sunday.

Anyways onto Flakes...

Frosted Flakes

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