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Presidents Day Weekend, 2006

Planned Itinerary:
Friday February 17
7:00 pm -– 11:00 pm Drive to Mojave National Preserve
   Camp (hopefully in Providence Mtns State Rec. Area)

Saturday February 18
10:00 am Mitchell Caverns
12:30 pm Lunch at Mitchell Caverns
1:30 pm Drive to Cima trailhead
2:00 pm Hike Cima Dome
   Camp in backcountry roughly west of Cima Dome

Sunday February 19
10:00 am Hike back to car
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Drive to Kelso Dunes
1:30 pm Hike to Kelso Dunes
   Camp in backcountry near Kelso Dunes

Monday February 20
10:00 am Hike back to car
12:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm -– 5:00 pm Drive home

Actual Itinerary:
Friday February 17
8:00 pm – 2:00 am Drive to Mojave National Preserve
   Camp (Providence Mtns State Rec. Area)

Saturday February 18
10:00 am Mitchell Caverns
12:00 pm Lunch at Mitchell Caverns
12:15 pm Car dies in the middle of the desert
2:00 pm Tow truck arrives
3:00 pm Arrive in Needles, CA
   Leave car at A+ Auto Care
   Check into Best Western across the street
4:20 pm Walk 3+ miles round trip to Arizona to buy Powerball tickets
5:30 pm Get back to Best Western
8:00 pm Go to bed

Sunday February 19
10:00 am Walk across the street to auto shop where car has been left
10:20 am Continue to wait for mechanic to open auto shop that was supposed to open at 10:00 am
10:40 am Talk to another tow truck driver and find out that the mechanic is not coming to open the shop today
10:45 am Return to Best Western to make phone calls about car or truck rentals
11:00 am Find out we didn’t win the Powerball
11:45 am Make reservation with Enterprise Rent-A-Car… 22 miles away in Bullhead City, AZ
11:50 am Call taxi to take us to Bullhead City, AZ
1:00 pm Taxi arrives to take us to Bullhead City, AZ
1:30 pm Arrive Bullhead City airport; rent Dodge Neon
1:40 pm Realize I left my cell phone in the taxi
2:00 pm Drive to In-N-Out in Laughlin NV to meet taxi driver; eat lunch
2:45 pm Talk to taxi driver; agree to meet him in Bullhead City instead
3:10 pm Arrive at Fastrip gas station; fill rental car with gas
3:30 pm Taxi driver arrives and gives us cell phone
4:00 pm Brief stop in Needles to get stuff out of the car
9:00 pm Arrive home in San Diego, 300 miles later

The bright side
1. Neither of us got injured.
2. We didn’t have any interaction with law enforcement.

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