Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Made it to SeaTac Today

The drive from Medford took 7 hours through some really lovely landscapes. There were quite a few places that looked like fun to visit, if I had time. The one place I passed that I was *very* sad about was Shipwreck Beads in Lacey, WA. I wish I'd had several hours to spare, but I wanted to be at the convention hotel by 4 so I could drop off all my stuff.

In my travel through Oregon I discovered that the 70 mph speed limit I'd gotten used to in California on I-5 drops to 60 or 65 through the entire state with several patches of 55mph. Goes back to 70 when you cross over into Washington. Also, there are no self-serve gas stations. At my first stop for gas a lively fellow told me all about it. At length. He's written to President Obama, suggesting that it should be a federal law. Probably would create several million jobs; can't say I think it's a terrible idea. The gas prices in Oregon, even with full service, are quite a bit lower than in California. No sales tax there either - I should have budgeted some time to shop.

One last note, if you ever need to stay in Medford, OR, I wouldn't recommend the Ramada. It's really run down and the room was bare bones - except for the refrigerator and microwave. No elevators, either. Had to carry my very heavy bags up a flight of stairs. I was inexpensive, at least.

The convention hotel here in SeaTac was fully booked before I heard that my application was approved, so I'm staying just across the street at the Days Inn. It's nicer than the Ramada, that's for sure and nearly as inexpensive. Unfortunately the room doesn't have a refrigerator and there aren't even little mini ones for rent. This matters to me because I drink copious amounts of Arizona Diet Green Tea and usually keep a gallon or two chilling in the fridge when I travel. I'm quite disappointed in that, but otherwise, it's a nice place. Plus, free wireless!

No pictures tonight - last night I pretty much did my post and fell asleep. I'll share convention pictures in the next post. Good Night!

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Blogger Davinia said...

Happy to hear you arrived safe and sound. Maybe a stop at the bead shop on your way back home.

March 31, 2010 at 11:04 PM  
Blogger Dawno said...

I'm afraid I'd never get home! :-) Actually, I'm considering it, but a lot depends on whether it's open when I get there, I should leave really early Monday morning, so it probably won't be open when I get to that point in the trip.

April 1, 2010 at 7:55 AM  
Blogger JustATish said...

this is going to be a fun adventure! I think it is awesome you struck out like this alone for a convention. Can't wait to hear more!!

April 1, 2010 at 9:09 AM  

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