Sunday, February 26, 2012

Going to California


I just love this image! It so reminds me of home and I used it last time I writing about going to California for a visit, so I thought now would be a good time to revisit it. You see, my mom told me yesterday that my Aunt Sue will be leaving for a business trip to California on March 10th, which would have been ideal since that's my spring break week. I got my hopes up, because I'd ridden to California with Aunt Sue during spring break week a few years ago and it was a lot of fun. Sadly, when I contacted her about it she said that if I could get to Roswell, NM I could ride with her. She wouldn't be leaving from Texas,  since she and my Uncle are moving to Roswell. That's definitely a no-go because Roswell's about 7 1/2 hours from here. A 15 hour round-trip drive is absolutely out of the question since Matt just started a new job where he works 12 hour shifts.

I did look for alternate ways to get to Roswell, including renting a car here and dropping it off there, and taking a bus. The car thing wouldn't work for two reasons (a) I'd have to pick it up at an airport and drop it off at an airport, and (b) because I can't afford $100 a day plus gas. So, the car was out. A bus is out because (a) bus tickets would have cost as much as renting a car, and (b) because taking a bus alone is not safe!! So lets just say I had a really depressed morning, trying to figure all of this out and realizing it just wasn't going to come together.

Then I had another idea. If I couldn't go to California in March, I'd go in May, after the semester's over, instead. So, once I had talked to Matt about it, who was more than happy to support my trip, I called my mom and told her the plan. She was pretty bummed that I wouldn't be going in March, but says they're looking forward to seeing me in May. All that said, the plan is this: I leave for California on May 9th and will return on May 22nd, via Amtrak. The trip is about 38 hours each way, so I'll get there early on May 11th and leave on May 20th. Matt was a little bummed that I'd be gone so long, but he's willing to cope, it's not even two weeks in all.

Talking this over with everyone, it seems they all wish I would fly, which would cost only a little bit more than Amtrak as long as I order the tickets soon, but I nixed that plan right of because I am petrified to fly. Particularly so to fly alone, especially after what happened last time I flew anywhere. Besides, I've taken Amtrak along before and it was fine, so I'm not really worried. I much prefer the train to the plane, even if the plane is about 34 hours faster. The best part, as long as I get tickets soon, it's only going to cost me about $285 round-trip! I'll be leaving from the Temple train station (want to have lunch that day, Phoena?!) about 4:45 p.m., and will arrive at Palm Springs in California at about 4:50 a.m. two days later.

What's cool about this is that my folks are going to make reservations at the WorldMark resort in Indio for the night before I arrive. Then, after I arrive we'll stay overnight in Indio before heading back to Hesperia. So, I'll get to see one of these awesome resorts they're always staying at and since Indio is hotter than Hades, I'll be able to swim (and finally use my new bathing suit!!), which I'm sure will be fantastic after spending two days on a train.

Also, I'll be in California for Mother's Day. Since I haven't been able to spend Mother's Day with my mom for the last 12 years, that will be really nice for both of us. I'm also hoping to get together with friends while I'm out there (*cough*Jodi & Shannon*cough*). My only regret is that Matt won't be able to come both because of work and because someone has to stay home with our bratty babies. They can't be left alone that long and if we go for Christmas, which I'd really like to do, we're going to have to kennel them, which I worry about and is expensive. But, that's another post for another time. For now, I'm just trying to focus on going out in May, we'll take Christmas as it comes.

So that's the plan! Phoena, Jodi, and Shannon, let me know if you want to get together--Phoena in Temple, Jodi & Shannon in Cali. If so, we'll make plans. I'm so thrilled, I can't wait for May to get here!


  1. I know how you feel about flying. I used to enjoy it but now it's such a hassle and for the money they charge us to fly, we shouldn't have to be treated like we're all criminals and terrorists. I dread flying because it's so draining.

    After 9/11, when they started requiring you to be at the airport two hours in advance, it turned out to take just as long for us to drive to my parents home (8 hours away by car) than to fly, as I lived two hours from the closest large airport, my parents lived two hours from their closest large airport, I had to be to the airport 2 hours early and the flight itself took about two hours. Can you believe that? It was cheaper to drive, too, although gas was a bit cheaper then!

    I've taken the train and it's okay, but it's very long and boring. I also took Greyhound across country once, when a relative died the week of christmas and the airlines were booked and Amtrak didn't have an easy or direct route, and we didn't want to drive, so it was a two day trip by bus, stopping at some very strange bus depots. I don't recommend it, but it was a bit of an adventure!

    We got into one little bitty town, about 10am, waiting for our transfer bus to arrive. We had about an hour to kill and thought we'd walk around and explore the town. So we stepped into the (nearly) deserted street and glanced around. Some guy was walking by and said, "You lookin' for the bar?" and we just cracked up. It wasn't even noon and what makes him think anyone coming out of the depot is an alkie? HA HA! He thinks the bus service drives people to drink? Regardless, I guess we know where HE was going!

    Sure, I'd love to meet up with you in Temple! I'm writing it down on my calendar now! It'll be great to see you again!!

  2. Flying is SUCH a hassle, I agree. My folks are about 25 hours by car, 38 by train, and about 4 hours by plane. Unfortunately, You spend more like 8 hours trying to get to, and get on, the flight, including flight time. Considering airports make me nauseous and that just the idea of flying makes me sick, it's not worth the stress. So, I just take the train. Matt hates it, but he's not going, so I don't have to listen to his bitching! Ha!

    It'll be great to see you again too. We should get together more often!

  3. I can't wait to see you!! You might give flying back home Texas another thought...I seem to remember the last time you came out on Amtrack you considered trying to switch up your ticket so you could just fly home. Think about it, but whatever you decide will be good with us! Love you!!

  4. Kristyn,

    YES!! I am writing you into my calendar--in PEN, so it can't be erased! We'll set a date/time once the week gets closer, but until then, I am so excited!