Both take about the same amount of time and cost about the same. My dad has graciously offered to help me pay for it.
Cons to train:
Train leaves Chico at 3am.
I have no transportation in Bakersfield for the couple of days I'm there, meaning I either have to rely on other people to drive me around or borrow a car.
I have no way to lug any gifts back or down. Back is no problem, I don't want anything this year but down would bum me out.
Also it's cheaper to leave at 3am Christmas Eve and arrive Christmas Eve day at 130pm than the Thursday previous.
Train is slightly more than car in gas (although gas prices could go up before X-Mas eve) but...
I have to get someone to pick me up and drop me off at both ends of the trip.
I have to be more selective in what I pack and when I go and come back.
Definitely no chance to me zipping over to SLO for a day, but then again who is going to be home anyway?
Pros to train:
Train arrives in Bakersfield at 1:15pm
I only have to ride the bus for one hour if I get a certain route. Everything else is glorious train with snack cars and bathrooms and electrical outlets.
I can sleep on the train (no I know I won't, but the idea is there)
I have anxiety when I drive alone on long country roads. I only developed it living in SLO and taking the two shitty roads out of SLO to Bakersfield. I will be going alone this trip I'm pretty sure and the drive back always takes 12 hours. ALWAYS.
Ben can watch the cat, my house, and my car while I'm gone. Other than the 3am drop off/pick up times, I'm sure he'd have no problem with it.
So internet, what do you think I should do?