July 31, 2007

Your Average ThunderJournalist, Son, Don't Take a Dump Without a Plan

Melissa and I are planning a Yellowstone vacation for late August, by which I mean she's making all the plans and I grunt my approval or disapproval of said plans.

Mt. Rushmore? *approving grunt* Montana's largest doiley factory? *disapproving grunt*

The most debate, currently, surrounds the decision as to which vehicle we should take.

On the one hand, there's Mel's VW Jetta. Pros? Good gas mileage, better storage and low total miles. Cons? The thing squeaks and we don't know why, or how to stop it, and neither did the mechanics in the shop. Also, no cruise control.

On the other hand, there's my '96 Cadillac Eldorado. Pros? Comfortable as hell. Cruise control. Seats that recline to the point of being beds. Cons? Over 110,000 miles on the beast. Any breakdowns on the trip would cost a ton, if they could even be fixed at all.

This is going to be a most interesting vacation. . .

Posted by Ryan at July 31, 2007 09:04 AM | TrackBack

You HAVE to have cruise driving through the barren tundra.

Posted by: Autumn at July 31, 2007 10:08 AM

I tend to agree, Autumn. But, if my Caddy breaks down in the middle of Wyoming, I'll have a real problem on my hands.

Posted by: Ryan at July 31, 2007 10:49 AM

True. Why don't you just get cruise installed on Mel's car? I think it's around $200.

Posted by: Autumn at July 31, 2007 12:21 PM

Hey Ryan --

I went through there a couple years ago, and I have two _very_ good suggestions.

First, when you're out around Mt. Rushmore, go see the Crazy Horse monument. This thing is amazing -- when it's finished (70 years and running so far, but the first 50 was pretty much one guy up there with dynamite....) it's going to make Rushmore looke like a molehill. Rather then just the face of a mountain, they're basically taking an entire mountain and sculpting it all the way around. When it's done there won't be a mountain anymore... just a big goddamn statue. It pretty amazing.

Second, on the highway just south of Rapid City there is a huge maze. A full-size maze made of moveable wooden walls -- a lot of fun. (Just don't let your woman beat you or you'll never hear the end of it. *ahem*)

Posted by: Stephen Rider at July 31, 2007 09:53 PM

Dude, you own a fucking Cadillac? A CADILLAC? Are you kidding me? I can't even...

Tiger poster, Double Dragon gi, CADILLAC. What're you, from the fucking Ukraine? You a big Huey Lewis and the News fan there, Ryan?

Posted by: Joshua at August 2, 2007 11:16 AM

There's a story about how I procured the Caddy, Joshua. Short version: a friend's grandpa died, and the Caddy was part of an estate sale. In other words, the Caddy was dirt-frickin' cheap, and cheap is the word I live by.

Posted by: Ryan at August 2, 2007 11:39 AM
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