Well, it is official. This is the week we switch from the "winter car" - Duane's Subaru - to the "summer car" - the Honda. Because of gas mileage. Although, Duane's Subaru has been getting an average of about 30 MPG, & currently the Honda just got 31.65 MPG. But that was almost all city driving. I'll have to check again in a couple of weeks to be sure it goes back to "normal" - about 38 MPG - when we're doing freeway driving again.
The conference center where i will be this weekend is an older place with a lot of quiet walkways between the buildings & a lot of water. Duane took these 4 years ago when i was there (he joined me the last day/night as he is going to do this time). Even at the time i thought the place was rather over-priced. I'm not staying there this time. There is a Motel 6 in walking distance (it is "Hotel Row" there with lots of hotels, but most are too far away to walk).
But, just to check, i called this place to check their price. They quoted me $150/day, if i want breakfast $160/day. Parking is $12/day, & if you want WiFi, it is an additional $10/day charge. I think this is outrageous. I remember the place, it is nice, but NOT high end & i see nothing to justify these high costs. (I found later that they should have only quoted me $110/day, but i still think this too high.)
The Motel 6 is $50 for Thur, $60 for Fri, &65 for Sat (they charge a bit extra for Duane to stay). Free parking & WiFi. Of course, the reviews of this place are very mixed. Some folks hated it so much they went elsewhere & others really liked it. And someone did have their car broken into. As the Honda doesn't have a trunk & everything in it is visible to anyone walking by, i'm not planning to leave any valuables in it & what i do leave i'm going to cover over so that it looks "junky." I don't want someone to break into our car thinking they'll get something great just to find my dirty laundry. I'm trying to take all things into account & plan for the weekend without stressing/worrying irresponsibly.
It is about 1-1/2 hour drive down tomorrow AM, but there is also traffic to plan around. I've driven in San Diego during rush hour & it is not fun. So i'm going to leave about 6 AM tomorrow. I'll probably arrive way early, but that's better than being rushed.
Duane read me "Jeep Stories" from online this AM & i read him "Cat Stories" from Jessica's blog, & we both laughed a lot.
Need to go. I'll be very busy the next few days.