Thankfully, luck was on our side! We snagged a parking spot directly outside of the building entrance, waltzed in to a delightfully empty lobby and proceeded directly to the first marriage kiosk then immediately to the front of the line for confirmation. Total breeze!
BOOM! We're legal.
After a (quick and efficient, yet loving) high-five and a brief hiatus at Starbucks, we scooted out of SLO and were back in Nipomo with plenty of time to pack up for our
hopeful scheduled noon departure.
And let me just tell you, Stephensons preparing for road trips = Total And Utter Chaos.
DVC's eyes may have bugged out of his head just a little bit when he saw our overly-complicated packing dance (everything in! everything out! everything back in!). But we managed to get 7 people (and all their crud for a full weekend of festivities!) packed into 2 cars and hit the road only slightly behind schedule!
First landmark: Monkey Turd Rock
Second landmark: Maricopa Jolly Kone
Took the back roads route to Lake Arrowhead, which meant no cell service for most of the drive. When texts did come through, they mainly read as follows:
Do you see the Joshua trees? Those are Joshua trees!
Are you making Anna take pictures of the trees?!
After what felt like FOREVER, we finally arrived!
Unload unload unload and get ready for a crazy weekend!