Cruisin into Spring Training-VWL & 4 Nt Dream 3/22-28/13 COMPLETE! 8/11

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  1. rentayenta

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    I'll be on CC myself in January so I'll find out first hand. ;) When is your cruise in Jan? Ours is the 19th out of Miami on the Wonder. I'm so crazy excited for our first Disney cruise. :woohoo:


    I'll keep you posted on August. Alison too. If we go, we may not have a day at Disney but we could certainly meet in DTD or at the GCV.
     
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  3. dvc4life

    dvc4life Disney is my Happy Place

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    Great couple of posts Ellen. Can't believe those people ran into Tim and said it was his fault. Really. Read the signs people!

    And your pictures from CC and the Ship are really making me miss it. Can't wait until we cruise again. CC is one of my all time favorite places to be.
     
  4. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Ok- I really appreciate all the tips! But I think there is still some confusion here- so here is a map of California-

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    So the reason we were being sent on 99 in every situation is because when we exit Yosemite at the South entrance, we will immediately hit 41. 41 runs into 99. If we stay on 41, eventually we will hit 198, which will eventually hit 5. 5 is further away, not closer. Which will then bring us back to just south of Bakersfield. It does take longer to get to 5, and we would not be on 5 for very long, but I guess 5 is an interstate? So we would be driving faster? But on all the maps I look at, there are no towns listed on the part of 5 we would be on. So how do I find a hotel? I did look at Grapevine, they have no hotels in Grapevine but there are 4 motels in a town called Lebec which is nearby? I did kind of want to stay right off the highway, because all we were doing here is making a pitstop. After everyones concerns about Bakersfield, then we thought, Ok- let's drive to Santa Clarita- but now you are saying driving through Grapevine at night is not great? I'm not sure when we will be going through there, whether it may have just turned dark. I am really, really confused at this point!! Where are the hotels on 5? Should I drive to SC or is it too dangerous at night because of elevations/twists and turns?

     
  5. eandesmom

    eandesmom I'm with Beast

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    5 is an Interstate, 99 is a highway. Huge speed difference. HUGE. 99 will take you through every town and stoplight. 5 is what you want to drive into LA and down to Anahiem on.

    I'd probably cut over at 198 and maybe eat in Hanford/Lemore. Lemore is a navy town, there will be food but Allison may have a better idea on that end.

    I'd have to agree about going over the Grapevine at night, it is steeper than all get out and a bit freaky if you aren't used to that kind of thing. That said, with the heat actually at night is easier on the car that's for sure. Just depends on your comfort level

    Santa Clarita may be your best bet if you go over the pass, if not then I'd just check AAA, there will be small places all along the way I'm sure there is something that would work. There is a Holiday in Express in Frazier Park/Lebec just the before the pass that might be the last option before going over the pass.

    You could still crash in Bakersfield, it isn't that far off of 5 especially if the hotel isn't all the way in the city, you just want to be using 5 to head south, not 99.
     
  6. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    So- I'm looking at a map of Grapevine and Lebec- Lebec is south of Grapevine. What am I missing????
     
  7. podsnel

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    I found a You tube vid of the southbound I 5 through the Grapevine- I think it will be fine, we will just head on to Santa Clarita. If we leave at 3, we will get there at 8:30, so it should be all light until the very end.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brayK8kSJhg

    My head kinda hurts!

    Ok- off to baseball-
     
  8. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Excellent!! I really hope we see you!!

    When is your next one scheduled for?
     
  9. franandaj

    franandaj I'm so happy, I could BOUNCE!

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    OK. I have to apologize. :blush: I don't know what geographical crack I was smoking there, but for some reason I was thinking that Yosemite was Pinnacles, which is located on the complete other side of California. :flower3:

    I just checked out the drive from Yosemite to Fresno, and if you leave Yosemite by 4 or 5PM, you'll get to Fresno between 6:15 to 8PM depending on traffic going down the mountain. Google estimates it at 2 hours 15 minutes for the 93.5 mile drive.

    Here are some estimated driving times.

    Fresno to Tulare - 1 hour on the 99
    Tulare to Bakersfield - 1 hour on the 99
    Bakersfield to just before the Grapevine - 40 minutes 99/I5

    Driving to the 5 would be about the same time frame according to Google (20 minutes less).

    41 to I5 (Kettleman City) - about 56 minutes
    Kettleman City to Grapevine - about 1 hour 24 mins.

    The only reason I mention these times is that every one of these little towns rolls up the sidewalks at about 9PM. Sure you can get into the hotels, but your plan to have dinner when you get down the mountain is a good one. Judging from the timing, you definitely want to stay on the North side of the Grapevine. It will be very late by the time you would be driving over it and you wouldn't want to get stuck. I know from experience that it is no fun to have a blow out at 11PM in the middle of nowhere.

    The big difference between I5 and SR99 is that the speed limit on I5 is 70mph the whole way. SR99 reduces the speed limit to 55 whenever you go through each little town and I'm not sure it gets above 65 ever. In Bakersfield, there has been traffic to reduce speeds to 20-40mph, but that's not for more than about 10 exits.

    There is a Best Western in Kettleman City off I5, which offers rooms with two Queen beds for a reasonable rate. That is about an hour out of Fresno and puts you an hour and a half from the bottom of the Grapevine.

    You might also look into the Charter Inn and Suites in Tulare. We had a friend who lived there and used to stay often. The rooms are like a DVC studio (micro/fridge) and they serve you a hot breakfast in the morning complete with "make 'em yourself" waffles. One of my favorites! This usually runs about $100 per night and puts you about the same place that Kettleman City is from the bottom of the Grapevine.

    Tulare or Kettleman City are pretty much 4 hours north of Anaheim (without LA traffic). If you left between 7-9AM, LA traffic would be over by the time that you hit LA. The advantage of Kettleman City is that you would not hit any Bakersfield rush hour traffic.

    I didn't mean to open up this whole can of worms on your TR! :upsidedow Now you probably know more than you ever wanted to know about California Central Valley Geography. Bakersfield is fine to just crash in as well, but depending on how long it takes you to get down the mountain from Yosemite, you could be looking at a very late arrival time, also depending on what your plans for dinner end up being. We always end up eating our dinner from drive through on trips like this because we spend too much time dawdling and run behind, your family might be different.

    Anyways, back to your packing on the ship!
     
  10. Beth D

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    Great pics Ellen! Love that clear blue water at CC! With no CC stop, our cruise will end with a day at sea, after Grand Cayman. I'll let you all know how that feels!

    I would have yelled at Timmy too for heading back to the ship. WHo knows, he might have gotten jumped by the mean bike people! :rotfl: Or run over by the crazy stroller lady:laughing: and lying somewhere in a ditch, left on the island with just him, the cat, and Captain Jack!

    Thanks for the baseball well wishes! We finished the tourney in 2nd place. Very respectable, as our boys weren't ever expected to be so good, but the team that finished first was "that team". You know the perfect one in every league that practices every night, is perfect, beats everyone, and is coached by the guy who runs the league. The one team everyone else hates!

    It was a good game until one inning. One of our kids messed up base running, then DS came up to bat, and the kid ump told him his bat was illegal for their league. ***???? He'd used it 3 other times, and its just now illegal? I almost became that mom! I stepped back off the cliff, and just asked him how he waited until the game was almost over to call that, and asked sweetly if he was also checking the other teams bats! AARRGH! :mad:

    Oh well, now its over and i can enjoy the rest of the summer! Hope your schedule is done soon too!
     
  11. englishrose47

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    Great pix of CC!!! I don't think they had a Magic show when we were on the Dream, if they did we missed it:rotfl2:The Shows we saw were excellent though !!!
     
  12. podsnel

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    WOW! Thank you so much Alison! :hug: How wonderful to have such a concerned friend! :) When I say stop for dinner, I mean a drive through, too- we were going to hit In n Out Burger, since we don't have them out here, and how can we be in CA and NOT have one?- and the times from Yosemite are a little better than what you are thinking because we will be parked at the Wawona, at the very south of the park, as opposed to starting from the Valley, which is an hour (at least) north. ::yes:: I think if we leave at 3, we should be ok getting through that Grapevine in the daylight (sunset is right before 8pm) as it's 5 hours to Santa Clarita from the Wawona. If we leave later, we'll figure something else out.:thumbsup2

    Oh- and I looked up Pinnacles- no WONDER you have been trying to send me down the coast for the past 2 months! You must have thought I was a total idiot to be going into 99 and freakin Bakersfield! LMAO!!! :lmao::rotfl2::lmao::rotfl2:
     
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    Had to go and watch the video on the grapevine, to see how bad it really was. The Smokey Mountain's in Tennessee or The Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire are just as bad if not worse. Good Luck!!
     
  14. dvc4life

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    Our next cruise is the New Year's Eve Cruise on the Fantasy this December. Can't wait! Then we will have been on all 4 of the Disney Ships. :woohoo:
     
  15. podsnel

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    Two teams down, two more to go- celebrating by having Tyler's wisdom teeth pulled the day after it ends- considering asking the surgeon to do it without anesthesia due to his recent snotty teenage attitude. :rolleyes1

    I have never been disappointed in their entertainment on DCL- they rotate the misc entertainer- I have seen comedians, comedian teams, ventriloquists and magicians. All a great time-

    Agree on the Smokey Mtns- our bar is set very high because we have spent a lot of time on St John, USVI- hair pin turns, insane inclines, limited guardrails, all accentuated with driving on the left side of the road. :scared::scared::scared: Now THAT'S some hairy driving!! :rotfl: Although this one looks like it would be good to avoid at any cost on our drive TO Yosemite- it's called Old Priest Grade, and I bet it's what sent Kara into panic insanity when she went to Yosemite last year-

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8h2BQMn8qE

    It reminds me alot of STJ driving- except in STJ, there's pretty turquoise water for you to fly off the cliff into instead of a gulch. :woohoo:


    Hmmm...YEA!! ME TOO!!!!!! :yay: well, for the next cruise part- still need to find someone to ride the Wonder with me...lol-
     
  16. RGirl

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    It is sad when adults just assume that because someone is a kid or teen, he or she MUST be wrong. I don't know how we expect kids to grow up and respect us if we don't respect THEM! Tim sounds like such a wonderful young man - I'm glad he had such a good attitude about the whole thing.

    Oh, SF! My old home. I miss that place. I lived there for years before moving here - I bought my first home down there! I hope you have an amazing time!

    Thanks for the updates! I am wondering though - did I miss a sentence or something? Did you say how you liked Brave????? Either way, tell me, because if you did, I totally missed it! :rotfl2:
     
  17. englishrose47

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    Just a friendly BUMP!!!!
     
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    Looks like Timmy is still growing :lmao:
     
  19. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Thanks, I agree with everything you said- including that Timmy is a wonderful young man! :)

    Pods and I took a trip to SF before we had kids- I can't wait to go back! It's a beautiful city, and we have some exciting plans in it. The past two days I have been focusing on the Yosemite portion of our trip. I feel thoroughly overwhelmed! This trip is kicking my butt planning wise! But it's going to be awesome-

    Umm- I don't think I did say how I liked Brave! I liked it- but it really bothered me how little respect Merida had for her Mom- she never listened, and that caused a LOT of problems, ya know? But I loved how strong she was. :)
     
  20. podsnel

    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    Thank you Rosie!
     
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    podsnel <font color=blue>just skippin' around, amusing mys

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    LMAO! I am watching the Blind Side with Timmy right now (for the millioneth time- we love this movie) and I showed him your pic- totally cracked us up! And yea- it does look like he's still growing, LOL.....
     

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