By the way, in Ontario they don't call those potatoes "Tater Tots" but instead "Breakfast Potatoes."
As we left the restaurant, I realized that we had left all our wines and beers in the fridge in our hotel room. So we drove back and retrieved them. (Another delay!) Eventually we arrived in downtown N.O.T.L. right in the middle of a Cherry Festival, so parking was an issue. We found the wine shop and sampled three wines from different vineyards (including one from Wayne Gretzky.) They were nice, but none really buyable. From there we stopped at a small grocery store, and picked up the makings of a picnic lunch (some feta-stuffed jalapenos in olive oil, a veggie platter, a package of dates, some cream cheese, rice crackers and some nice prosciutto) with the plan that we will eat on the road between Ontario and Ohio. Such a good plan! (Foreshadowing maybe?)
We also decided to hit some antique shops. One was small and nice, and Tammy found a piece of milkglass that she bought. But we struck the mother lode. It was at a mini-mall of sorts, allowing many antiques dealers of all sorts to display their merchandise in one location. We covered it front to back and were happy to reduce their inventory of milkglass by quite a bit.
But now it was almost 5pm. We a still had about a 2.5 hour drive so we packed everything up and headed for the border.
Approximately half the cars on the continent.
We started at the end of the line at 5:17pm. We cleared US Customs and Border Patrol at 6:19pm. I didn't know that you are not allowed to bring food into the US. When the Border Patrol agent asked me if I was bringing any foods, plants or animals, I kind of stammered, "Uh, we bought a some veggies and cheese for a lunch while we drive." But he was also talking to another agent at the same time and when he turned back to us, he handed us our passports and said, "Have a nice day, drive carefully."
There is no risk to the food supply of the US. We "disposed" of all the picnic foods. (Tasty!)
Onward to Ohio! We called the innkeepers while en route to let them know we wouldn't be checking in until about 8:30pm. When we arrived, the class reunion was in full swing! It's good we arrived when we did, because one couple was trying to take our reservation.