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09 March 2007 @ 10:46 am
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I'm goin' to Caaaalifornia for Pi DAYYYYY reunion of geeky joy!! Don't ask me why a 10.5 hr drive each way on unfamiliar roads seems so much easier than figuring out the San Francisco area airport shuttle, but it totally does! Plus it's cheaper, which is what I tell people who are not crazy.

This trip will be highly educational! I have never been to California before, see. I have also never road tripped with my new car (Shuttlepod One!). I am already learning things, actually:

1) Did you know there's a snowy mountain pass between Oregon and California? Yes? Well, I totally didn't until last night! (I missed this memo because it was never featured on Star Trek, surely.) My reaction to the news was to go "Oh, heeeell no. If it's snowing I'm not braving the pass." And my coworker was all "Why, dude? It's totally just a snowy mountain pass!" and I'm all "People have DIED and STARVED in snowy mountain passes since our great nation was born, fool! Did you not play Oregon Trail, or what!?"

2) I am now the proud owner of Baby's First Tire Chains! This is related to item #1.

3) The precise midpoint between Portland and San Fransisco is a town called Weed, famous for... being the precise midpoint between Portland and San Fransisco. And having a Holiday Inn.

I was hoping to duck out of work early to avoid rush hour and get on the road... but my coworkers are all stuck in the airport in Seattle or something. OH WELL! I guess rainy rush hour traffic IT IS!

Also, this is planned to be a pretty direct trip, but with ALL my highway traveling I have STILL never seen the world's largest ball of string, so if that is advertised along the way, I will have to stop. I trust my fellow Pi-Day-ers would understand.
am: werk
feel: restlessrestless
hear: Ray Charles covers
.: XF - Detourmizz_magenta on March 9th, 2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
Hehehe, sounds FUN! :D
Little Red: oregon trailmylittleredgirl on March 9th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Totally!! I love long drives. :) I love them more when it isn't raining, but can't have everything. Should still be fun!
.: Faith - beautiful disastermizz_magenta on March 9th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I don't drive yet so rain isn't an issue with me. Although if I were travelling in an open-top it might be. ;)
AthenaKTT: spacemonkey - Wheee!athenaktt on March 9th, 2007 08:26 pm (UTC)
At least it won't be rainy here... at least I don't think so. It's been hot lately too. Are you just hanging out in the San Fran area or going to trek down the LA too?
Little Red: sga - alcohol porn - nostalgiamylittleredgirl on March 9th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC)
I'm actually not even going into SF! It's just the biggest nearby landmark for non-west-coast-ians. College friends rented a house in Sonoma wine country for the weekend and we are going for our yearly reunion. :) YAY.
AthenaKTTathenaktt on March 9th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
I see. So you're going to be in the middle of nowhere.. okay, not really nowhere since it's wine country. So have fun drinking yourself into oblivion LOL
espirkespirk on March 9th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Here's hoping for a great road trip! We're driving up to Ottawa ourselves tomorrow (Saturday) morning, so I'm excited (though rain is in the forecast for tomorrow -- boo)! I'm on a classic rock kick at the moment, so I'm packin' AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and "Back in Black" on the CD player for the long drive... Have fun!
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on March 9th, 2007 09:06 pm (UTC)
Rock on! :) I have some road trip mixes (made by, er, an ex-boyfriend!) from past road trips... so I will have to plug those in as well.

<3 and good luck on your trip!
surferartchick: HP Pottersurferartchick on March 9th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
Hey I live in california! What parts are you visiting?
Little Red: go west little red - besydmylittleredgirl on March 9th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of just beelining in and out! I'm taking the I-5 to the Sonoma wine country / SF area for a weekend visit with college friends, and then heading back! I would have loved to make a real road trip out of it and see various places. What area do you live in?
Melody: CalvinFacespellmelody on March 9th, 2007 10:27 pm (UTC)
Color me jealous. I LOVE California!! Drive safely and slowly thru any snow/freezing rain/just plain ol' rain, okay?
fatechica1123: HP Shiny by Luminicityfatechica1123 on March 9th, 2007 10:38 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I live in CA. I see in comments up above that you'll be in the Sonoma area. Quite gorgeous, all rolling hills and pretty scenery. Plus, wine. Very good wine. I'm from just south and west of the Sonoma area and I now live about 30 minutes away from there. It's always a nice place to go for a quick visit. I'm sure you'll have fun! ;)
live the life you've imaginedcalleigh_j on March 9th, 2007 11:12 pm (UTC)
I missed this memo because it was never featured on Star Trek, surely.

Hee hee.

I would totally choose a road trip over almost any other form of travel. I've got a 4 hour one in a couple of weeks to get me back home from uni, but it's not great 'cause I'm not insured to drive that car *pouts*. But 10.5 hours is a lot - if you drove 10.5 hours from my house, you'd end up in a whole 'nuther country, and that's going from way down south in England. We did 10 hours across the south of France once though - that was an awesome trip. Have fun in California - wish I was there where it's sunny and warm!!
Christianpsycofunkymunk on March 10th, 2007 08:26 am (UTC)
Enjoy California in your quest for Pi and Pie. Don't die in any mountain passes. Also, Weed is worth the stop (if you know where to look), there's a cool waterfall (probably actually in Dunsmuir), and Lake Shastina, with a kickass view of Mt. Shasta.
LJ: nick-not badljs_lj on March 10th, 2007 07:13 pm (UTC)
I'm all "People have DIED and STARVED in snowy mountain passes since our great nation was born, fool! Did you not play Oregon Trail, or what!?"

So. Much. Love. :P

Have fun! I've done this road trip a couple of times - Graduate School of Doom and Depression was on this route - but never this early in the year, always in summer when you think you're going to die of dehydration there from the OR-CAL border all the way until the Wine Country. Therefore I look forward to your updates!