My tour in a sandy place was grossly over-exaggerated.
I didn't have enough money to make it to Cali for the con, but I did need to get away. So I just hitched a ride with the rest of my family to the western part of Michigan. Chilled on the beach, did nothing, and spent very little money. (Since I had very little money.)
Plus I did not have any Internet connection there, so I have a week's worth of catch-up to do.