(Trip Report starts at post #22 and pre-trip for family trip starts at #65) Second trip report starts page 12. *********************** Why am I doing a pre-trip report for a one day trip? Well, because it's fun! And because I HAVE fun when alone, and I like to encourage others to go by themselves when no one else is willing or able to go with them. I've got this trip to San Diego planned for early November. I agreed to this when I thought we were going to Vegas (though in retrospect I don't have much interest in Vegas until the hotels and casinos go non-smoking b/c I don't like coming home sick), but then my friend couldn't get tix to Madonna there, so she decided on the SD show instead. I'm not really into the "adult" things the friends are planning, like blowing scads of money for some sailing thing (where you help sail, I tell you, why PAY for that?), and shopping and whatever. I want to go to seaworld (I still have a year pass from DS and my trip last December!), I want to go to the wild animal park, and by gum, I want to go to Disneyland/adventure! So while the rest of the ladies are getting over their hangovers on the morning after Madonna before their flights back to WA, I'm calling a cab and hightailing it to the Amtrak station to catch the Surfliner. Anyone have thoughts about the Surfliner's timeliness going north on the first or second train on a weekday morning? I have enough Amtrak Guest Rewards, er, rewards to get that trip for free, which is cool. Then cab it over, snag a big locker, and I'm there for a day of fun! I have a very late flight out that night from LAX and I'm going to book Disneyland Express to get there. So basically, opening to *almost* closing by myself! What to do, what to do.... To be honest, there's a chance for a day there before that. Turns out one of the many women going on this trip (organized by a friend who just turned 40 and decided Madonna was touring this year in honor of that b'day) is also a Disney fan, so I'm hoping she'll push for a day in Anaheim (so I don't have to). If that happens I'll just be so happy. Alas, at least one of the friends thinks it's all for kids, yawn, so maybe we'll have to leave her in San Diego to tour museums or something adult like that. I've been working on this post since last night...I apologize, Dis server for that...so I might as well post it now.