March 12, 2003

What's The Big Idea?

What's the big idea?

You know when an idea suddenly pops in your head, and you can immediately sense that it's going to become a reality? I had one of those last night. I was walking out to my car after work. It had been a day spent researching different options for a big trip during some vacation time I have in May. The plan, overall, was that I going to rent an SUV, drive out to Las Vegas to celebrate my brother's 21st birthday for a couple of days, and then venture out to the eastern Utah/Colorado area to go backcountry driving and take some photos... I'd spend 5-6 days doing that, and then drive all the way back to Glendale on Memorial Day.

But it struck me last night that it will be very expensive to rent a truck for a week, plus the cost of lodging in Vegas for a couple of days. Also, with the outrageous, sky's-the-limit gasoline prices of late, one must take the cost of driving around a gas-guzzling SUV a thousand miles or so very seriously.

So I was thinking, maybe I drive my own car out to Vegas, stay a couple of nights, and head back. Relax for a couple of days, and maybe take an abbreviated trip out to Death Valley or Joshua Tree or something, in a weekend rental. And I would only spend about a third of the original estimated cost. Hmmmm....


posted by julie at March 12, 2003 11:00 AM


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