I'm so excited for this trip Sadly though I had to put a hold on one gift till next Tuesday since my boss at work has to help me with one step, but other that that I am ready to go gift wise. I love giving gifts, I'm told I'm quite good at it , the sucky part is that I will start my vacation on the 23rd and can't give any gifts till at least the 2nd of December . What if I can't wait it give all your gifts to the people at the Best Western Plus I am so excited that I have plans to pack this weekend , the perks of living in a cold place. I can pack for this trip and not have to worry about my clothes since I am not wearing summer items I will hopefully be donning in a few weeks time. So I have not lived in Cali for 9 years now, so the weather patterns evade my memory ... For those of you close how is the weather now? Should I plan to wear layers for mornings and evenings in Cali? Will there be any rain or are you experiencing a drought as well? How about gas prices? Any other advice on things that have changed since 2003?