Friday, April 17, 2009

This week(end) in Washington (state)

Suzuki SX4 with Thule Roof Carrier - Subcompact Culture

My wife, three of our friends, and I are headed up to Yakima, WA for the weekend. What's up there? Wine tasting. Specifically, 16 wineries are doing barrel tastings. We're spending the night up there, too. So how do you cram five people, five people's duffel bags, a cooler, a sleeping bag, and other crap into an SX4? You don't. You put some of it on the roof.

I'm borrowing my dad's Thule roof carrier, which conveniently attaches to my Thule roof rack's cross bars. It's great for carrying skis and snowboards, but the carrier will also come in handy for storing cargo. I figured we can stow bags up on the roof carrier leaving more room in the car for potential wine case purchases and the cooler. I'm also borrowing my dad's Garmin GPS. (I've got to get one of those things.)

In other news, my SubcompactCulture.com decals are a bit late. They were supposed to be delivered today, but the UPS tracking info says they got stuck in Spokane, WA due to (and I quote) "NATURAL DISASTER."

Oddly enough, the UPS guy did deliver our SX4's rear bumper cover and rubber rear cargo mat which I ordered through SuzukiPartsPeople.com and did say there was a train derailment that has caused a bunch of UPS stuff to run late. Not sure how a train derailment is a natural disaster, but I digress ...

2 comments:

Jake said...

I hope you had a fun trip - stuffing 5 people in any car can be pretty tight, and in a subcompact I guess you just better be good friends. The small fuel tank/many fillups equation probably provided some welcome relief on this one...

Thirty-Nine said...

Yes, I'd say so. No major complains, though. (At least none to my face!)