Posts Tagged ‘Houston’

nostradamus.jpgAs of this posting at 6:00 p.m., we’re departing for the Sugar Bowl in less than 15 hours. To say we’re all getting excited is an understatement. The fabulous five traveling are me, my mom (Rhonda), my sister (Erin), and by buddies Regan and Lorne.

I’m getting ready to pack my bags and my sister Erin is spending the night at our place since we need to be at the airport by 7 a.m. to check-in. I spent today taking care of Ensen and mapping out our little roadtrip from Houston to New Orleans during his naps. I think we’re set, but if not, Lorne is borrowing his cousin’s Garmin GPS System to help get us to The Big Easy safe and sound.

This will most likely be my last Sugar Bowl post on this blog for a day or two (I’ll see if I can get Kelly to post daily updates of our travels), so I thought I’d go out with a bang. The photo of the guy in the upper right is Nostradamus, who according to Wikipedia is “a French apothecary and reputed seer who published collections of prophecies that have since become famous world-wide.” In reading a couple of chapters from his famous book Les Propheties, I came across some of his predictions for the Hawaii Warriors vs. Georgia Bulldog game on New Year’s Day:

FINAL SCORE: UH defeats Georgia, 51-48 in overtime
COLT BRENNAN: 42-60, 537 passing yards, 5 touchdowns, no interceptions
JASON RIVERS: 13 catches, 178 yards receiving, 3 touchdowns
DEVON BESS: 10 catches, 137 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
RYAN GRICE-MULLIN: 8 catches, 151 yards receiving, 1 touchdown
ADAM LEONARD: 12 solo tackles, 1 interception
DAN KELLY: Will hit the game winning field goal in OT…PRICELESS!

Okay, so maybe those are my personal crazy predictions and not those of Nostradamus. It will be interesting to see how good I am at foreseeing the future. Enjoy the game!

GO WARRIORS!

-NGK

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Even these mice at Honolulu Hale are getting excited about the Sugar Bowl. I just hope they aren’t sitting next to me on any of our flights from Honolulu to New Orleans.

Speaking of getting to The Big Easy, we were just talking to Sarah (Kelly’s brother Jonathan’s girlfriend) who is also making the trip to cheer on the Warriors. Come to find out, there is someone that I know taking a “crazier” route to NOLA. If you thought two stops from Honolulu to Houston, then a five hour drive to NOLA was insane, think again.

Her trip starts on Friday when she leaves Honolulu for Maui. From there, she takes the red-eye to Los Angeles and has a nine hour layover. From LAX she heads to Dallas where she’ll spend the night before jumping in a car and driving nine hours to NOLA. She gets there on Sunday. WOW!

Now that’s a die hard fan…or so I though…until Sarah told me about a couple of her friends that are flying into Indiana, then driving 20 hours to NOLA. I wish them all the luck in getting there on time and hope weather in the midwest treats them kindly.

If you’ve got a story to share about your travels to the Sugar Bowl, let’s hear about it.

GO WARRIORS!

-NGK

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Our group touches down in Houston on December 30 at 2:30 a.m. That’s right…A.M.! Upon arrival, the plan is to get the rental van and immediately start driving east on Interstate 10 (I-10) to New Orleans. Google Maps estimates the trip will take about 5 hours, so assuming all goes well, we should be in The Big Easy by early morning.

Half the fun of getting to the Sugar Bowl will be the drive there. According to Wikipedia, I-10 is the southernmost east-west, coast-to-coast intestate highway in the United States. It stretches from the Pacific Ocean at State Route 1 (Pacific Coast Highway) in Santa Monica, California to Interstate 95 in Jacksonville, Florida.

While I expect most of the drive to be in the dark, I do look forward to seeing whatever scenery there is to be seen along the way.

If anyone has suggestions on places to stop along the way for entertainment, a bathroom break, or easy refueling, I’m all ears.

-NGK