1.) Crying on the phone will get you a better discount
2.) It's advantageous to have flexible travel arrangements when flying US Airways; they tend to overbook flights and give out $400+ vouchers if you can wait for the next plane.
3.) Californians don't believe in posting speed limits in a logical manner and are firmly against them being visible at night.
4.) Yes, a four lane highway *can* dead-end into a military base, stop looking for the turn off
5.) Joshua Tree National Park is worth visiting if you're in the Palm Springs area. It's nice for a day trip but also has enough variety to explore over several days.
6.) Being disarmed sucks. I missed my gun almost as much as my dogs. (Is that healthy?)
7.) I could use recommendations for good food in the Twentynine Palms / Yucca Valley / Palm Springs area(s). We like eating local (ie, not Applebee's) but kept finding duds all weekend.
Overall, I had a unexpectedly wonderful weekend and should have some pictures up soon :-)