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Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 12:14am

Took 2 weeks off. Stayed home.

Awesome.

Yard work. Weightlifting. 2 h chess per day w kids home on break.

Naps.

Attended hs swim meet.

Wife said I seemed "too happy".

Just stay home. Save money. Relax.

Submitted by CA renter on April 12, 2012 - 2:53am.

+1, scaredy

Sounds like you had an awesome time. What could you do on vacation that you couldn't do at Chez Scaredy?

You probably had more quality time with the family and had a better time on your staycation than you would have had on an expensive vacation.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 6:55am.

I did briefly go to the museum of Jurassic technology in l.a. Which may be the strangest museum in the us. I loved it.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 6:59am.

Www.mjt.org

recommended without reservation.

Founder won a MacArthur genius grant for building this storefront museum hisself.

Submitted by 5yes on April 12, 2012 - 7:17am.

That sounds wonderful! I also love playing chess with my kids!

Submitted by sdrealtor on April 12, 2012 - 7:21am.

How about taking a long trip on a train. We arrived in Seattle last night after a 36 hour ride. My expectations were high and it blew me away. I will write more about it later but I had my kids full attention for that time. We saw so many interesting things and had great conversations about them all. Trains pass through histical areas of major commerce and industries like aerospace, fishing, logging, paper mills, farming, ranching and we talked abouth them all. There was not running out to play with friends, no jumping on computer games etc. The scenery was oft breathtaking and always fascinating. I can't wait to do it again.

Submitted by EmilyHicks on April 12, 2012 - 7:27am.

Sdrealtor,

Could you please provide me information regarding ticketing cost, possible discount about your trip? I am interested.
Thanks

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 7:51am.

I am pro train. Used to only go Amtrak albuquerquetocalifornia. Never flew.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 7:53am.

There does seem to be slight social pressures to "go somewhere".

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 7:55am.

Trains are expensive but worth it because you just drive up to the station and get on without submitting to an anal cavity search.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 7:59am.

On my next vacation I'm going to stay home again. In fact I'm not going anywhere but Los Angeles, San Diego or palm springs ever again if I can avoid it

Submitted by outtamojo on April 12, 2012 - 8:11am.

walterwhite wrote:
On my next vacation I'm going to stay home again. In fact I'm not going anywhere but Los Angeles, San Diego or palm springs ever again if I can avoid it

Is there a nice place in Palm Springs with a resort style salt water pool?

Submitted by bearishgurl on April 12, 2012 - 8:15am.

sdr is correct that the train travels thru interesting remote places away from the road. But it often follows the road (or close by) as well. In CA, I am well-traveled by vehicle. I've been on almost all of the hwys from Crescent City on down and Yreka on down and also thru Mt. Shasta. The scenery there IS spectacular!

I have never been to Oregon or Washington, however.

The most beautiful, pristine state hwys and county roads are undoubtedly in Humboldt, Mendocino, Marin and (southern) Santa Clara Counties, IMO.

scaredy, touring bike trails up there would be a fabulous experience for you and your family. You have to see it to believe it!

It is about a 12-hr drive one way to get to a place to start your tour amongst the redwoods. Maybe the train would transport your bikes as well, but it will likely take 18-20 hrs to get there on the train, with transfers. See:

http://www.amazon.com/Adventure-Cycling-...

http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Biking-No...

http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Bike-Nort...

You'll return with a new lease on life :)

Submitted by bearishgurl on April 12, 2012 - 8:17am.

walterwhite wrote:
On my next vacation I'm going to stay home again. In fact I'm not going anywhere but Los Angeles, San Diego or palm springs ever again if I can avoid it

I just made a great suggestion to get you out of the desert!

Submitted by bearishgurl on April 12, 2012 - 8:18am.

outtamojo wrote:
walterwhite wrote:
On my next vacation I'm going to stay home again. In fact I'm not going anywhere but Los Angeles, San Diego or palm springs ever again if I can avoid it

Is there a nice place in Palm Springs with a resort style salt water pool?

There probably is, outtamojo, as long as you don't have any problem with going naked.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 8:41am.

No, just going to stay. Everythings here. There's nowhere to go.

Submitted by UCGal on April 12, 2012 - 8:54am.

walterwhite wrote:
Www.mjt.org

recommended without reservation.

Founder won a MacArthur genius grant for building this storefront museum hisself.


If you like odd museums you should check out the Mutter museum in Philly. Truly cool (and gross, too!)

http://www.collphyphil.org/site/mutter_m...

But since you're limiting yourself to SoCal going forward, I guess that won't happen.

Thanks for the tip on the Jurassic Museum.

Submitted by sdrealtor on April 12, 2012 - 3:45pm.

The train ticket was actually cheap. It was about $200 for 1 adult and 2 kids (kids are 1/2 price and got a AAA discount). The expensive part was the sleeper car upgrade but worth it. That included a breakfast, 2 lunches and 2 dinners for each of us. There was also a wine and cheese tasting at 4pm each day. It left LA around 10 am and arrived in Seattle at 8 pm the next night. The sleeper runs about 200 to 250 per person. I got to take a shower on the train which was surprising spacious and enjoyable. The parlor car for sleeper car passengers was really nice with comfortable swivel club chairs. Perhaps my favorite part was dining (we took anywhere from an hour to two hours at each meal) and watching the world roll on by. Lunch on day one was spent riding up the Ventura coastline less than 50 yds from the water for most of the time. Younger kids would enjoy it also but it was perfect for my kids ages (8 and 12).

We got a great hotel downtown on Priceline for about $100/night with taxes and nonstop flight back to John Wayne on Alaska Air for $85. It wasn't a cheap trip but I would and will do it again without thinking twice knowing what it costs.

Just go to the Amtrak website and you can find out all the details. They even have menus.

Submitted by paramount on April 12, 2012 - 10:18pm.

walterwhite wrote:
I did briefly go to the museum of Jurassic technology in l.a. Which may be the strangest museum in the us. I loved it.

Ever been to the river scaredy? I just got back from Laughlin and I absolutely love it. I used to go twice a year, and I hope to return to that pattern - I'm on track to make it out there (3) times this year.

Lake Mohave is awesome and the Colorado River is as well.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 10:21pm.

it's just that i paid a lot of money for this house, does it really make sense to flee from it when i take a break?

the thought of leavig it alone untended makes me nervous.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 10:32pm.

i love sleeper cars on trains. i traveled once overnight ona train not with the sleeper car ina misguided attempt to save cash and it was zero fun. with the sleeper car, it's like the best nights sleep ever. its highly exotic, liek a zebrawood chessboard.

i also like eating a nd drinking on a train. and reading.

Submitted by paramount on April 12, 2012 - 10:35pm.

walterwhite wrote:
it's just that i paid a lot of money for this house, does it really make sense to flee from it when i take a break?

the thought of leavig it alone untended makes me nervous.

Yes, it does when your going here:

Lake MohaveLake Mohave

And I do share your concern about security, but you do live in Temecula, right?

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 11:09pm.

wherever you go, there you are.

it doesn't really matter where i am.

it's always the same thing more or less.

if I leave, the place could burn down. certainly weeds will grow.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2012 - 11:13pm.

also, now,i hate to leave my squat rack.

Submitted by paramount on April 12, 2012 - 11:24pm.

walterwhite wrote:
certainly weeds will grow.

Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. "Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; And you shall eat the plants of the field.

Of course the weeds will grow, the Bible tells us so.

Submitted by temeculaguy on April 13, 2012 - 12:45am.

outtamojo wrote:
walterwhite wrote:
On my next vacation I'm going to stay home again. In fact I'm not going anywhere but Los Angeles, San Diego or palm springs ever again if I can avoid it

Is there a nice place in Palm Springs with a resort style salt water pool?

It's not salt water, but the renaissance esmerelda will fit the bill. San Beach for the kids to make castles, bar in the center of four pools and in summer they often put up a giant movie screen like adrive in that you can float on rafts from the pool and watch. Summer rates are good (spring is pricey), but it's one of those places you can bring the kids and yet it doesnt feel like caddy day at bushwood country club.

If you do not have a family, the talent level is better at some of the other resorts as every woman in so cal who was augmented this winter usually gets her money's worth in the next few weeks out in Palm Springs because it's the first place to wear that bathing suit she's wanted to wear for the last ten years. My buddies call it implants on parade. For that, avoid the condo places or any place with a waterslide, the hyatt next to the esmerelda has an adults only pool with cabanas for rent, the jw marriott is always loaded but has weaker pools. I could go on forever, but my choice is the Renaissance because any place that brings you drinks to your chair is my kinda place.

http://www.google.com/search?q=renaissan...

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 13, 2012 - 7:02am.

we do occasionally eat some of the mustard greens and dandelions that grow in the field.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 13, 2012 - 7:02am.

i wouldlike to eat exclusively of the citrus, mustard green dandelion here. and maybe the occasionally goat

Submitted by The-Shoveler on April 13, 2012 - 8:02am.

walterwhite wrote:
i wouldlike to eat exclusively of the citrus, mustard green dandelion here. and maybe the occasionally goat

Thinking about gophers and squirrels along with whatever else it is we have growing diet myself, just need to get a lot better at catching the little beasts.
I am positive we could stay well fed on that diet around here.
But seriously I do like to walk along the beach about once a week, that’s one of nicer things about living in this area.

Submitted by paramount on April 13, 2012 - 12:01pm.

walterwhite wrote:
also, now,i hate to leave my squat rack.

Based on your alternate ego, walterwhite aka scaredy, maybe you're agoraphobic.

It's understandable at times, even I'm slightly agoraphobic depending on where I am.

I mean if your hiking in the middle of the Marble Mountains or the Trinity Alps it's not like help is right around the corner.

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 13, 2012 - 6:14pm.

I just don't see anything wortwhile out there.

If you're looking for a mate you must go out.

Otherwise, why?

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