SteveS wrote: ↑
Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:07 am
Let us know if the Ve-Sa manifests on the trip, hope not.
While there might be grumbles, and the day will be a bit of a hard ordeal, the basic setup should be quite the opposite for her. I'll have to pay particular attention to pick it up since Venus aspects my natal Venus-Pluto (with Saturn not in orb and the planets not angular for me).
I might as well give you the setup: We're driving up tonight to grab a cheap motel in Lompoc. The motel was double what we usually pay (which is still cheap since motels are often really
cheap in Lompoc). Our cat, Kali, is coming along: It took a couple of road trips for Kali to settle from being very anxious to being resigned and accepting of the discomfort of being in a car, and by the last trip (a drive to Tucson and back) she moved on to seeming to enjoy it. The decision to bring her came from (1) she'd been insecure since our week in Chicago and then Marion's three days in Texas (though I was here), and had only yesterday seemed to settle back into, "OK, it's good again, we're all back together." I didn't want to disturb that again so fast; and (2) an exact spot we're going is a winery she really liked before, especially when they had live music outside.
So, Marion will be happy to have Kali with us, though distressed if Kali has too much "road distress." I think the latter unlikely since my transits for the day are good (and I'd also be adversely affected by Kali in distress).
The Demi-SLR sets up just before 11 AM. The chosen spot is in San Luis Obispo (closest Venus of the trip) and the first winery opens at 11 AM. We'll have a leisurely morning getting out the door for the one-hour drive from Lompoc to SLO. We have three favored wineries scheduled, all within about a mile on the same road, beginning with the exceptionally pleasant one that Kali especially enjoyed in the past. (I gave the coordinates for that spot above.) We've allowed generous time at each one that we probably will try to squeeze a bit to buy us time at the end of the afternoon. We'll probably have lunch outside at the first stop, then move through our schedule with the other two.
What we're trying to squeeze time for is a fourth winery an hour south in Los Olivos. It's a favorite, recently changed hands (the former tasting room manager bought it from the family when the patriarch died during Covid, is keeping everything the same, and just got his final government clearances to full open again). He said he'd be there until 5:30 and could stay a little later if we text him we're on the way. If we leave SLO by 4 PM (and especially if we can do it by 3:30), this will work out fine. This is one of Marion's very favorites that I was able to squeeze in with some phone calls - it would be at least a small Venus-Saturn for her if something goes wrong and we miss this connection.
The weather should be lovely. SLO is great weather year-round (always cool and foggy in the morning, then that boils off around 10 AM and the day stays almost always pleasant). Tomorrow it should be 51°-74°. Los Olivos has a wider range, and tomorrow will have a high of 85°, but the temperature peaks about 1 PM and we won't be there until about 5 PM, so about 80°. Interpersonal stuff likely will be smooth and pleasant because we do this kind of travelling well together: it feeds us individually and as a couple; though the strain of so much driving on a somewhat tight schedule could be a stressor.
From there, it's a matter of closing the evening and returning. We'll likely get dinner in the immediate area. By this point, we'll likely need a break from a long day with a continuous stream of alcohol: Los Olivos has a church that is hospitable to all the visitors through town where bathrooms are open and we easily can park and nap in the car for an hour or two. It's then two and a half hours back home.
In summary, there's always room for a little extra stress or tiredness to sneak into a travel day, or for some small thing to go wrong; but, in general, the structure of the day should be much more Venus than Saturn.