Denied!

So yesterday was a decided blast all around. We made it to Yuba City Monday night and crashed at the Econolodge, which is some little small hostel like hotel. After a small screw up concerning our reservation we were in and we crashed hard. The following morning as per usual we were up around 9 a.m. to cash in on the free breakfast. That done we came back to the room and had showers/chilled until Jen came and got us around 11 a.m.

She took us a round Yuba a bit (Chase, Walmart, and a little mall) to kill time. Around 1 p.m. we went and snagged Hannah and then met Suz and Eliz at In-and-Out (burger joint) before heading back to Sacramento to tour the Capitol building. Now that was fun. We had to kill a bit of time before going in so we made use of said time by climbing trees and knocking oranges out of them. And OMG! Best oranges ever!

After a good 30 minutes of this we found Victoria, the last of our Cali crew and went inside. Let me tell you, security was just like you were getting on a flight. You had to check everything and walk through a giant scanner. Everyone made it through with no hitches.

After the tour of the Capitol building we went to Old Town. That was amazing. It was like being back in the wild west with all the small shops, cobbled roadways and wood plank sidewalks. We found an amazing costume shop that had damn near everything under the sun costume wise. After Old town we went to an outdoor mall and played a life size version of chess where Sean stood in as the King side black knight. Once the game was done we hit an IHOP before coming back to Yuba.

Me, Ry, and Sean then went out for Drinks with Jen and Carl only to find out that the bar in Yuba won’t accept our Saskatchewan IDs. Go figure eh? We could use them all over Vegas, San Diego, any offsale or supermart but not in a small town bar lol. So instead of going out to drink we ended up at Carl’s where we played Rummy and drank run until 4 a.m. It was quite a bit of fun actually (on a side not before we hit Carl’s we went to a Costco like place and Ry bout a 4L jug of wine that weighs as much as a small child lol). We pretty much crashed when we got back to the room and now we are up, fed/watered and packing. All that’s left is the return trip home where everyone will drop me off at Uncle’s and then for me anyway, it will be off to Earl Grey for ball!

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Winding Down Somewhat

Hey all! So the Con is officially over and the days are winding down. Had a blast on Sunday. After waiting in the longest line of my life for about 3 hours I managed to get into both the Supernatural and Dr.Who panels. Made some line friends with a couple guys from BC and a few fellow Saskies that were a couple people in front of us. Needless to say hilarity ensued. All  of us got some major free shirts and collectibles from just wandering dealers hall. Once that was all said and we packed up and crashed hard back at the hotel.

Yesterday we headed up toward LA and spent an hour or so on Hollywood Blvd. We got to walk part of the walk of fame and see the famous Chinese museum. After that we carried on and headed up to San Fransisco. It was windy as hell and poor Sean ended up driving through the mountains again. It was so foggy and misty in San Fran when we got there and after going up some really big hills and down them again (was like a roller coaster I swear) we found and crossed the Golden Gate bridge, which was really cool even though we could hardly see anything because it was soooooo foggy.

Now we are in Yuba city and going to spend the day with my Cali friends. They are going to take us down to Sacramento for the day and tour us around the Capitol buildings and Old Town. Should be a blast! Tomorrow we’ll start the trek back to Regina, possibly stopping in Yellowstone if time permits.

San Diego Adventures

So we made it to  San Diego in one piece. We left Saturday morning around 8:30am (which I think is damn good considering there are 3 Carr’s in this small posse) and after a short stop in Regina we headed off to Regway. This time around there was no issues and I’m pretty sure it took a grand total of ten minutes before the wished us a good trip and we were on our way. Why can’t the guys over in Portal be nice like that?

So once the border had been crossed, we stopped in Plentywood for a stretch and a change of drivers. While there we toured an old-time museum and saw a bunch of old war stuff from WWII. Ry then got attack by a giant pterodactyl (see her fb for pics) and we managed to see, from the highway mind you, some sort of murder investigation or something. The whole task force was there: police, highway patrol, corner… All of this within fifteen minutes of crossing the border. Go us!

That done we continued on to Billings. Hit some minor road construction where they were widening the highway and while stopped we had a chat with the sign guy, who also happened to be nice enough to give us a bunch of candy while we waited. The rest of that leg of the trip was fairly uneventful. After supper we decided to push on and drive through the night in hopes of hitting Vegas and spending the day/night there. The mountains were pretty cool and the I95 I think, is a wicked little curvey, narrow road. Sean got to practice his deer dodging skills (he scared a doe so bad the poor thing tripped and fell on the road while it was trying to get out-of-the-way).

The next major stop was Salt Lake city. It was actually not a half bad drive considering it was Sunday and we got in around nine. Stopped and had breakfast at IHOP before carrying on. Vegas was supposed to be 398 miles away or something… and for some reason we equated that to 4 hours… well it was quite a bit longer than that. Somehow we ended up in a small corner of Arizona, which was kinda funny considering we were all talking about how we should see the Grand Canyon… well we ended up driving through it. That was pretty sweet and we got some pretty cool pics. I think the elevation change was something like 6600ft starting down to 1000ft. Crazy hey?

Well once that was all said and done and Vegas Hostel found, we all walked the strip on what had to be the hottest day ever… well hot to us. It was 48C which is absolutely fricking insane! How do you desert people handle that? Not much to say about the quick trip up and down the strip. Took Ry and Sean tothe Luxor, ate supper at the mexican place before going through Excalibur and New York New York… Stopped at the Venetian and saw the masquerade which turned into a techno, electric violin dance party. It was fantastic. We then hopped over to TI and played the penny slots for a bit, got some pirate mug margaritas and the saw the Sirens of TI. Once that was done we were all pretty beat and we headed back to the hostel and crashed hard.

We all got up around 8:30 a.m. had our free breakfast and headed out. After some navigational flaws, stops and debates about what desert we were driving through (it was the Mojave btw) we hit LA…. my god rush hour traffic sucked balls. We did find Hollywood Blvd and Sunset Blvd but rather than stay and tour, we sought out the holy Citibank (found out Ry had the same problem Sean had in Japan… no one takes a Credit union card) and headed out for a book signing in Huntington Beach…. turns out the effing signing is Tuesday, Ry botched the day lol. So tomorrow me and Ry will head back up there and get her stuff signed.

Other plans for tomorrow include checking out the Midway, Seaworld and in general, being lazy. Wed we pick up our badges and head up to San Marcos where we are staying at the Hilton something or other… oh year, gotta pick up train passes at some point too… Thurs to Sun is the Con and then Monday we head up to Sacramento to hang with my Cali friends for a couple of days before heading back home.

Stay tuned for more shenanigans as the week progresses 😀

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Trip Procrastination…I Mean Planning

Soooo…..where to start eh? Well as most of you know we are heading of to the land of the rising sun in 10 days (July 7) and will be gone for the entire month of July (back Aug 4). This blog will be our fun way to document our trip, we’ll post blurbs/movies/pics and the like to keep you all entertained and to let you know we haven’t killed each other yet. You can subscribe to the blog via email and when we update it you’ll be notified. You can also comment on each post and all the piccies that will be posted up.

So where are we going exactly? Well we aren’t entirely sure ourselves, but the map below should shed some light on what we kinda have in mind.

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So that squiggly blue line is where we sort think we are going. We fly into Narita airport and from there we are going to Tokyo. We are staying 3 nights at Asakusa Ryokan Toukaisou. in theory it’s supposed to be pretty easy to get to from the airport but knowing the ‘great’ Carr sence of direction I suspect it might be more of an adventure then we think 😀    While we are in Tokyo we’ll probably check out Tokyo Disneyland and other such coolio places in the neighbourhood before we take off.  We have lots of options if you check out the map below. It shows the trains and how long it takes to get to places nearby.

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Eventually we’ll make our way to Osaka/Kyoto/Kobe….possibly Hiroshima & Mt. Fuji, then make our way up to Toyama and then eventually back to Tokyo (we’ll be in Tokyo by the 27th so we can catch the massive fireworks festival). For the most part though we’ll be checking out various festivals and the like and when we get tired of one place we’ll move on to the next.