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Colonel Klink
06-25-2007, 11:03
My wife and I are taking our first cruise August 17, 2007. We are driving from Oakland CA to see Oregon and Washington State on the way to Vancouver. I do not want to be in unknown areas without a handgun. We each have CCW's from Nevada and Utah which allows to carry legally in Washington.

I do not want to take any chances when crossing into Canada since I may be on many lists for owning guns and being a huge 2nd Amendment supporter. Would like some place safe to leave our guns while in Canada. It would probably begin August 15th and end August 25th.

I found Frank's Place (gun dealer) in Bellingham. Maybe he would take the gun for a good cleaning and have it ready in a week. I do not mind paying for someone to safely store whatever we decide to bring along on the trip. Any other ideas?

What are "should not miss places" in your neck of the woods?

Thanks for any ideas you may have. I will consider anything so just send me what you think of.

Stephen

Seattle_Chris
06-27-2007, 04:39
You might try Wades guns. They fairly large so would have ample room for storage.
http://www.wadesguns.com/

Or the Seattle Police Atheletic Association may be willing to hold 'em to 'em for ya. That's their fancy name for "range". :)
http://www.spaarange.com/

Or most banks will rent lockboxes. I don't know if your allowed to store firearms in them, but I don't see why you wouldn't be, as long as their unloaded and locked up.

I would suggest train station lockers with keys, but those get broken into I imagine. Do ya'll have any good E-Relations with anyone on this or other forums that you could leave 'em with?

Well, that's it for my bright ideas. :)

Chris

Colonel Klink
06-27-2007, 12:26
Good ideas. Thanks for the response. I do have e friends but so far only in Phila PA and Orlando FL areas.

I also thought of the bank and will look into it but think they might want a one year committment. One month I'd be happy to do. FYI What you store in a bank's safe deposit box is no one's business but yours. That's why they have private rooms to load and unload the box.

I found Frank's Gun Store in Bellingham and as a back up I may give him my gun for a through cleaning if he can do it in a week. He stores the gun, it gets a good cleaning and he makes a couple bucks. Seems like win-win to me.

Will let you know what I do. Any suggestions for what to do up there?

Stephen

Minuteman
06-27-2007, 12:40
My bank here in WA says no firearms. Others may differ, but I think that is common for safe deposit boxes here.

I used the ACE hardware store on the border that did this service for border crossers, but I heard they got into trouble for something and no longer offer the holding service.

Check packing.org as well. That's how I found the hardware store.
Local gun shops along the highway can probably help you out.

:patriot:

16vmkII
07-02-2007, 16:19
you can leave them with my wife and I if you want. I'm a trustworthy individual.


<--may take them to the range and use them with SIGSAREBETTER :tongueout:

Seattle_Chris
07-02-2007, 20:03
Then of course theirs always Kesselrings ( http://www.kesselrings.com/new/ ). Their kinda close to the border and from what I hear, they are a HUGE store that carries EVERYTHING. Like going to a gun show in a shop. Only a little on the 'spensive side. But they may actually have something pre-setup for just your condition if their as big as they sound. May be worth a look anyhows. Or at least would be a fun thing to do in Washington. :)

Spike89
07-17-2007, 10:28
Originally posted by Colonel Klink
Any suggestions for what to do up there?

All kinds of info HERE (http://access.wa.gov/visiting/index.aspx)
If you'll be in Seattle area in the first week of August, Seafair is going on. Hyrdoplane races, Blue Angels, Fleet Week with the Navy ships etc. INFO (http://www.seafair.com/)

Depending on what you're interested in and how far out of your way you want to go... For folks who like the outdoors I usually recommend checking out Long Beach (http://www.funbeach.com/) in Washington and/or Cannon Beach (http://www.cannonbeach.org/) in Oregon with a drive up HWY 101 in between to see the lighthouse at Fort Canby State Park (http://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp?selectedpark=Cape+Disappointment). Also Mt Rainier National Park (http://www.nps.gov/mora/) is a favorite, as well as Olympic National Park (http://www.nps.gov/olym/), and Mt St Helens (http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/), all in Washington.

If you're a aviation fan, go to the Boeing Musuem of Flight (http://www.museumofflight.org/) in Seattle. Very very cool. While in Seattle you can do the usual tourist stuff like see the Pike Place Market (http://www.pikeplacemarket.org) and the Space Needle (http://www.spaceneedle.com/). If you're a wine or beer fan, you could spend a week here and not see it all. If you are staying within the I-5 corridor, check out the Redhook Brewery (http://www.redhook.com/) or the many wineries (http://www.woodinvillewinecountry.com/wwc.php) in Woodinville (just outside Seattle). Note that if you are REALLY into wine you can head to the central and eastern parts of Washington and hit the winery mecca (http://www.washingtonwine.org/).
From Seattle, you can also hop on a Ferry (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/) and come over the the west side of Puget Sound (my neck of the woods) and check out the Navy shipyard at Bremerton (http://www.ci.bremerton.wa.us/) or go to the San Juan Islands (http://www.guidetosanjuans.com/) (with a warning that the ferries to the San Juans have very long wait times during the summer).
For gun-related events, the Washington Arms Collectors (http://www.washingtonarmscollectors.org/) have gun shows almost every weekend in the Seattle area. A good public range with rentals is Wades Guns (http://www.wadesguns.com/) in Bellevue (just east of Seattle). I've heard that for 75 bucks Wade will let you shoot his full-auto MP5:thumbsup:
Beware of the traffic through the Seattle/Tacoma/Everett area during commute times. It can get pretty bad. Take a peek HERE (http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/traffic/).

Lots of stuff to do... this is just off the top of my head. Hope it helps.
-Mike

Colonel Klink
07-17-2007, 14:17
Thanks for all the ideas. I will look at everyone of them. On the news, this morning, they said June 2007 was the worst month ever for on time flight service. This morning I signed on with Spirit Airlines to select seats for our Oakland to New York City trip in October. The San Francisco to Detroit leg was no longer there and we paid for the entire trip. I called and found out they will stop flights from San Francisco on Sept 2, 2007 so they cancelled that leg of our trip. The lady on the phone seemed surprised that I wanted to cancel the Detroit to NYC as well. Not sure how she expected to get to Detroit.

Spike89
07-17-2007, 14:30
Originally posted by Colonel Klink
Thanks for all the ideas. I will look at everyone of them. On the news, this morning, they said June 2007 was the worst month ever for on time flight service. This morning I signed on with Spirit Airlines to select seats for our Oakland to New York City trip in October. The San Francisco to Detroit leg was no longer there and we paid for the entire trip. I called and found out they will stop flights from San Francisco on Sept 2, 2007 so they cancelled that leg of our trip. The lady on the phone seemed surprised that I wanted to cancel the Detroit to NYC as well. Not sure how she expected to get to Detroit.

No problem, hope you enjoy your time in the NW.

-Mike

Wayne02
07-18-2007, 10:23
Originally posted by Colonel Klink
Thanks for all the ideas. I will look at everyone of them. On the news, this morning, they said June 2007 was the worst month ever for on time flight service.
Hope you enjoy your stay in Seattle, and your cruise to Alaska. We are cruising to Alaska this summer as well on princess. As far as the on time flight issues, that is no joke. My wife has been traveling a bit the last 4 months, and I don't remember a time when the delays, cancellations, bumpings, and general airlines screw-ups (Delta) have been anywhere near this bad.

Colonel Klink
08-29-2007, 22:26
Thanks again all and especially to Gokyo for all your help. The cruise was fantastic! It so far exceded anything I expected that it is difficult to describe. The stateroom was far better than I expected. Queen bed with some room to move around. A two person sleeper sofa bed, a small coffee table and a very small desk with a chair. The desk had the water pitcher and ice bucket - both were full almost every time I picked them up. If we left our room for more that three minutes the bed was made, the room neatened and ice and water replaced.

Our room was near the elvator, the stores and theater. Niki, the historian, gave four one hour talks on Alaska. And did a talk over when we got to Hubbard Glacier while the captain got the ship as close as he could to the glacier. What we saw was 300 feet high and six miles wide. Awsome. We got to see a ten story high chunk of the glacier calf, break off. Truly a sight to behold.

Juneau and Skagway were tourist traps. We did take a helicopter trip to a glacier where we spent 40 minutes with tour guides before flying back to Skagway. Fun town.

Ketchikan was my favorate stop. I was larger and was more like a city. Juneau is the only US state capitol that you can't get to by road.

We also enjoyed the drive up, stopping in Rogue River, Grants Pass, Olympia, Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Left on Monday and got to Vancouver early Thursday afternoon. Got off the ship around 1030 Friday and headed for the boarder. Took over two hours to get across to the US. Was home around 5PM Sunday

Any questions about the cruise let me know. BTW Home is Oakland CA

Wayne02
08-30-2007, 09:36
Originally posted by Colonel Klink
Thanks again all and especially to Gokyo for all your help. The cruise was fantastic! It so far exceded anything I expected that it is difficult to describe. The stateroom was far better than I expected. Queen bed with some room to move around. A two person sleeper sofa bed, a small coffee table and a very small desk with a chair.
Sounds like our stateroom on the Golden Princess this month to Alaska. Mini suite I think they called it.

We had a good time as well. I always have a difficult time relaxing on vacations, particularly one week vacations. Seems it takes me a good 4-5 days to clear my mind of "work mode". On the cruise ship you really can't go anywhere so all there is to do is drink, eat, relax, drink and eat. :)

We were rained out in Juneau and cancelled our whale watching tour. Instead we went shopping in town which is a tourist trap as you say. By the time my wife got done at the jewelry stores it would have been cheaper to go on the whale watching tour in the rain and fog...

Skagway we rented a car from avis and drove up to emerald lake in the Canadian Yukon. This turned out to be an excellent move as we were able to go at our own speed and pace out stops at attractions between the tour buses full of tourists.

Ketchikan we staid in town and stumbled across a crab fishing boat from the deadliest catch that had been converted to a crab fishing tour boat. It happened to be docked right next to our ship and the guy invited us on and spent about an hour going over the ship and telling stories about the deadliest catch show.

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dave_pro2a
09-05-2007, 23:59
On packing.org the was a thread on storing pistols in Blaine WA while visiting Canada.

IIRC the thread talked about a place that will do it cheap right near the border.

Unfortunatly packing.org seems down.