One of the good things about my current job is that while we're slow, we're allowed to surf 'round the net. So I checked my email and got a fare alert from Travelocity showing specials from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Seattle. Checking it out on the web page and planning a speculative trip, I found a round-trip fare on United (through Denver) for just over $200. Given that I have friends and family to stay with while out there, my only other expense will be food, drink, and entertainment.
I'll be leaving Saturday, September 7 and returning Monday, September 16, 2002. I'll take a week's worth of vacation and get back in time to go to work on Monday. (With a few hours of lee-way in case of delays.)
Now to get things scheduled accordingly with work and pass the information on to family and friends to arrange things here (while I'm gone) and there.