Thursday, February 13, 2014

White Rock, BC and Peace Arch Park/Border Crossing (Part 1)

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best White Rock photos from this trip, use this link. To view my best Peace Arch Border Crossing photos, use this link. To view all of my day 11 photos, use this link.

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Today I end my Canada trip photos and head back to the states. The photos are from White Rock, BC, Surrey, BC, and Peace Arch Border Crossing between Surrey, BC and Blaine, WA. The photos from Peace Arch will be split into 2 parts. At Peace Arch Park, you are free to walk between the 2 countries. No restrictions, but the area is patrolled by quite a lot of border agents. One of the officers on the US side actually came to have a chat with us at the parking lot after I was done with my photos. He was very friendly about it and finished up the chat in around a minute.

I first start off with a well a practical prank that I almost left at the hotel I was staying at. XD I somehow got paranoid that I'm gonna get stopped at the border crossing so I crumpled it up and threw it in the trash. Was very tempted to leave this for the hotel staff. LOL This was shot at Best Western Plus Abercorn Inn in Richmond, BC. I know it is a bit racist, but it's a joke. I make fun of all races, including Asian stereotypes. 

I arrive at White Rock, BC. What you are looking at is a railroad track and the White Rock Pier.  
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 01 16 N 122 48 23 W  

Another photo of the White Rock Pier. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 01 16 N 122 48 21 W   

 The view of White Rock from the pier. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 01 15 N 122 48 21 W  


Still on the White Rock Pier. Off in the distance is a white rock hence the city's name. I will get up close to that later in the post. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 01 11 N 122 48 21 W   

Another view from the pier of White Rock. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 01 01 N 122 48 20 W   

Here is a photo of the white rock. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 01 11 N 122 48 09 W   

Another photo of the White Rock Pier from near the white rock. Photo shot from same location as above. 

 Black and white process of the photo above. 


A shot from Surrey, BC. Approaching the border crossing. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 00 25 N 122 45 51 W    

Now at the Peace Arch border crossing. Here is a sign of a duty free store on Canada's side. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 00 27 N 122 45 28 W   

Still on the Canada side. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 00 14 N 122 45 28 W   


The sign showing the different routes for different purposes. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 00 05 N 122 45 23 W   

A view at the border crossing from Canada's side. Same location as above. 

Getting ready to cross into the US. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 00 03 N 122 45 21 W   


After I crossed the border, I drove to the parking lot for Peace Arch Park on the US side and parked the car. I then walked into the park and started taking photos from both countries. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 00 05 N 122 45 18 W   

Here is a border marker inside the park. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 49 00 08 N 122 44 21 W   

Talking about the peace and agreement between the 2 countries. Wasn't enough of a distance for the GPS to register a new location. What you are seeing is the rock behind the border marker from the photo above. 

These are all the photos for today. I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with the rest of my photos from Peace Arch Border Crossing. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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