I So, is the California QSO Party big enough that I will probably hear it and have a decent shot at spending a few hours with it? What say ye?
Yes - although being very close to California can make it harder for you on the high bands because of skip distances.
The results and records can be found here: http://www.cqp.org/
The results from last year are here: http://www.cqp.org/results/2012/Results-2012.html
They show the scores by state so you can see how others from your area do - in addition you can
look at past years and also the records.
Top scoring stations from out of state make 1000 or more contacts with CA stations during the contest.
Being that you are in a fairly rare state you will be popular with the CA stations - and you should try calling
CQ and running them - you will likely have good success with that - esp on 40 and 20 meters.
It is a fun contest.