The Mad Dash to San Diego

Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
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Trip End Jun 16, 2007


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Monday, July 30, 2007

Well, I'm back. The last 5 days of the trip was a mad dash to be back in San Diego by Thursday night so that I could be here to take care of the dog while Michael goes on vacation.

It's hard to believe that a week ago, I was leaving Eugene, OR and driving to Klamath Falls. Eugene's a nice town. The area I was staying in though was a bit too hippy dippy for me. I went to the 2007 HempFest and it was lame - not a lot of energy ; ) However, there was a great booth that sold hemp clothing called Herman's Hemp; I wasn't sure my Dad would actually ever where the T-shirt that said "Herman's Hemp or Nothing" so I didn't get it.

What I did find was the Lions Club annual flea market. I got there around 2:15 and overheard that at 3 pm they were going to do the dollar a bag thing (anything you can fit into a bag for a dollar). Well, I started collecting stuff and got admonished because it wasn't 3 yet. I wound up getting everything anyway - just gave them $5 for the box. So, now I have more crap I don't need . . . hey ebay.

Eugene's housing prices weren't cheap but they were a lot more reasonable than in SF and SD. Oregon is weird though - one of only 2 states where you can't pump your own gas. However, it's politics seem to be both right and left - meaning very libertarian. I'd have to hang out there more to really get it, but it's different.

I went to Crater Lake, which was beautiful on the way to Klamath Falls. I'm not sure why I went to Klamath Falls, I obviously didn't do my homework. Klamath Falls, OR is high desert - not very pretty and hot. The next day though I drove through part of Redwoods National Park to Eureka where I met Beth - a couchsurfing host. She was great. It was like we'd been friends for years. Redwoods National Park is nice, but nothing spectacular - lots of big old growth redwoods. Eureka on the other hand was a pleasant surprise. I couldn't believe the number of Victorian homes, from huge to modest as well as craftsman houses. The downtown area was small but nice, the waterfront/marina pretty, and the beach big and quiet. Humboldt County? Hum? A bit far from "civilization" but interesting and with potential.

After Eureka I sped through San Francsico, stopping to see Conrad and Steven, and spent the night somewhere in the Central Valley off the 5 before zooming on to San Diego Thursday. I was doing great until L.A. It was only 1 pm and traffic was a nightmare - how can it continue to get worse and worse - it shouldn't be possible. I spent 3 hours going 84 miles from L.A. to S.D. After driving all over the country, this was the most annoying. What a waste of time! Are people nuts, or just numb to the reality that they are wasting their lives sitting in traffic. I was sure I didn't want to come back to S.D. to live, but that was the clincher.

So, I am going to do one more entry with all the trip statistics just for fun.
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