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Wow, it's really cold today! I keep turning the heat up in here and my feet are still freezing. It doesn't help that we only have two patients all day so I've been sitting most of the time.

This weekend was pretty lazy. Ever since I got sick a couple weeks ago I haven't felt like doing much. I did a little cleaning. We went to dinner saturday night at 3rd st aleworks and I TRIED to convince myself I wanted to go out, but we just went home and went to bed early. I racked and checked the pH values of my wines, in preparation for sulphiting, but I think that malolactic fermentation is still going on, so I'm going to put that off for another month or two. Shan and I went to a new restaurant Sunday morning for brunch, it was...ok. We were the only ones eating there, lol. I played Bioshock for about six hours on Sunday. Oh and I finally got my warrior to level 70, yayz. Looks like I might have a spot in a new kara group forming in a sister guild. So boring. I hate winter.

Since I couldn't get Yostupidy reservations I've been thinking of what I want to do with that week. Not that I have to do anything that week, I haven't taken it off yet, but I feel like it's a good opportunity to try something different. I've been thinking about going to Hawaii, since I've never been there. I almost made reservations for a Coast Starlight trip for Shan and I to Seattle today, but then I read how that line lately is often 8-11 hours late. The trip is scheduled to be about 21 hours, which I think would be my limit on a train at one go. I might go to Seattle anyway, just not on the train. I've also been thinking about going the opposite way, since Shan has never been to SoCal and I haven't visited my dad in like 10 years, maybe more. I thought about renting a houseboat on Lake Mead or Lake Powell, but they're really expensive! I don't know, I don't know... Anyone know any good west coast fun trips that aren't super expensive?

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seadiver
Jan. 21st, 2008 11:01 pm (UTC)
SoCal FTW! We miss you guys!
srb
Jan. 21st, 2008 11:14 pm (UTC)
Powell is more awesome than Mead, but Mead is pretty awesome. The houseboats are expensive at the outset, but if you go with a group it doesn't have to be. You do have to be really organized about food ahead of time though, because once you're on the water you don't want to have to go back into a marina. It is a giant pain in the ass. And also, the kitchen space is pretty limited.

If you wanted to do a group boat trip I'm totally in. Caveats - one person has to stay sober at all times (I have no problem with that person being me) to run the boat just in case, and renting a speed boat to go with the big boat is a necessity - so you can get back to a marina for supplies if you need to, for day trips out to see cool stuff on the lake, and for water skiing and wake boarding. :) We did this every year when I was a kid and they were the most awesome vacations ever.
jamespolk
Jan. 22nd, 2008 12:41 am (UTC)
Don't do it this year! Wait for 2009. I'd love to but I don't know that I could take off enough vacation for this kind of thing this year.

But if you do do it this year, and it is fun, I hope you do it again.
zymergist
Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:44 am (UTC)
Driving to Cabo is always fun!
democritus
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:36 am (UTC)
That's a long ass drive!
tiasabrina
Jan. 22nd, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Hawaii would be super expensive. You can fly directly to Seattle from SR. There are also great little driving trips around here like Monterey, Solvang, Napa, etc.
democritus
Jan. 22nd, 2008 06:18 am (UTC)
The only problem with flying from here is the tickets are twice as much as from SF! I was actually thinking about Solvang, too.
lumpyone
Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:05 pm (UTC)
Keep checking the tickets from SR, you will be surprised how much they change. Also, take a minute to stop and figure out several things going to SF or Oakland...

1) The drive.. an hour to an hour and a half plus the traffic. Plus driving back afterwards! Who wants to drive an hour and a half home after a long vaca?! ;)

2) Bridge toll (sure only 4 or 5 bucks, but that's another 4-5 bucks).

3) Gas - not much really, but that's another 20-40 bucks on a round trip.

4) You could take the Airporter from SR or Petaluma down to SF, but that's like $30 per person, one way.

I had a friend who lives up near Seattle fly into SR once, and then fly into Oakland a few times. Honestly, flying in SR cost about an extra $100 but it was well worth it.

If you don't mind driving, Oregon has some great sites. Crater Lake and even Mt. Saint Helens if you've never seen either are spectacular! Not to mention, you'll drive up past Shasta as well, which is a great site when driving back into California (do it during the day).

I love Seattle, and there are definitely some awesome things up there to do.
jamespolk
Jan. 22nd, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)
To be anal but I still remember the annoyance when one of the major encyclopedias and a couple of the networks (during the eruption) put Mt. St. Helens in Oregon. It is in Washington.


My recommendation would be fly to Seattle, rent a car, take the ferry to Bremerton, then drive up to Port Angeles. Take the ferry to Victoria. Take the ferry to Vancouver, drive back to Seattle.

Spend as much time in each of those locations as suits you.

Can't help with really expensive because I'm not sure what would qualify but there's a lot of play in such an itinerary.
lumpyone
Jan. 22nd, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, Mount St. Helens is in WA, but only a short drive out of Portland.. its more of an Oregon road trip than a Washington road trip because there isn't really anything up there otherwise! ;)
democritus
Jan. 22nd, 2008 04:52 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of the same [Seattle] itinerary! Shan's never been to any of those places, and I love them all.
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