We went camping this weekend for the long weekend. It was the first time I used my car for a camping trip and it was packed to the brim. For the total trip we went about 800km which is the most I’ve driven at one time. I drove about 3 hours at a time each day.
We saw a lot of wildlife on our trip. There was a family of skunks walking along the road. They were so cute! It was a mom and three or four babies. I tried to get a picture and video of them but it was too difficult since I was also driving. We saw a lot of deer and even one moose! There was also a family of pelicans living on the lake we were camping at which was cool. I never even realized that pelicans live in Alberta (or Canada for that matter) so it was neat seeing them swimming and flying around.
Other than that it was a pretty low-key weekend. We spend most of our time fishing, driving, or just relaxing in the tent. The one bad part was we couldn’t really have a campfire because all the wood was wet and we couldn’t get it to light on fire.
Last night as I was leaving work, I noticed there was no license plate on my car. Unfortunately, I don’t remember when I last checked my license plate so it could have been missing for a few days. I do try to take a look at my car often to see if there are any dents or scratches but I can’t say for certain when I last checked.
I drove the 20 minute drive home angry and also nervous that a cop might pull me over because it’s illegal to drive without a license plate. But I made it home safe.
The first thing I did was go onto the police website to see if I could report the theft but it told me for that kind of theft I had to call or go to a station, so I went to bed mad.
In the morning I called the police number and listened to the options. It said for a license plate theft I needed to go to a station to give a written statement.
The first police station we went to was closed for renovations. The second station we found, had moved. The third one on the GPS, we could not find. We finally found a fourth station and went in. When I told the cop that I wanted to report a stolen license plate he told me I had to call the phone number that I called in the morning and report it that way…
Needless to say, at this point I was pretty frustrated (as was my boyfriend who was driving me around in his truck). I finally got a police report number and went to the registry to get a new license plate; which I had to pay for I might add.
Tomorrow I am going to Canadian Tire and getting some special screws that require a special tool to remove. Hopefully that will make it harder to steal my plate in the future so I don’t have to go through this all again.