to get to El Paso, is that all right? I drove all night! (Sorry, I was singing the Cyndi Lauper song "Drove all night," but adlibbed the El Paso part.) Anyway, yeah this holiday weekend we did a 12 hour drive to El Paso, Texas from Los Angeles so that we could do some further wedding planning in EP (It's the new OC ;).
The way there ended up being a bit over 12 hours though and we didn't arrive until 8 in the morning, but we kept taking three hour shifts where one of us would sleep and the other would drive and drink RedBull. I also had my portable DVD player and between there and back I was able to watch the complete second season of Taxi.
Once there though we got a lot done: picked a florist, hired a DJ (this was the hardest part), received information regarding the rehearsal dinner and a guitarist to play during that time, chose the main course and appetizers, created some favors, decided on room decorations, commissioned mariachis and laid the groundwork for hair and makeup plus got the contact information for a four string quartet for the church. Thankfully Raphael's family helped with recommendations for the above vendors, but man it all adds up, we're still within budget but not by as much as we would have liked. However, I feel very accomplished and glad to have so much done and out of the way. I just need to sign the contracts and send some checks and we should be all set.
Oh and I forgot to mention that we were driving the TaraMetBlog-Mobile for the trip. Figuring that 1,600 miles of road round trip meant for the possibility of quite a bit of free advertising, so I put a decal on my rearview window with my blog URL (Yes, I'm an obsessed dork). Not sure if anyone will actually come to my blog from being stuck behind me on the drive, but you never know and it made me smile seeing it in my rearview mirror, lol.
Gas meanwhile was the highest at $4.25 a gallon in Arizona when we stopped off the 10 to refill. For all you other road trippers, enter your zip code in the site below, and it will tell you which gas stations have the cheapest gas prices (and the highest) in your area. It's updated every evening. Safe driving. http://autos.msn.com/everyday/gasstations.aspx?zip=&src=Netx