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!