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Fall 2006 Meeting

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
September 13-16, 2006

Social Events, Field Trip, & Other Things to Do in the Area

Early Bird Event:
We have reserved two university vans for local transportation and I’m guessing that there may be a few private vehicles available if we need them. Our early bird event will be a barbecue at nearby Thorpe Park on Wednesday evening from 5pm – 7pm. After dinner we will head just up the hill from the Park to visit Lowell Observatory, the Exhibit Hall, and attend an 8pm program, followed by viewing opportunities. Return to NAU by 9pm.

The banquet will be held Thursday evening at Black Bart’s Steakhouse. Two vans have been reserved for transportation and we may need a couple of private vehicles to help out. They have a musical review provided by students at NAU.

Field Trip:
Our field trip (Saturday) will be a full day adventure (slightly over 200 miles) to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, provided by Open Road Tours. In many respects, the North Rim is very different from the South Rim and mid-September will be a beautiful time to visit. And yes, some sacrifice on your part will be necessary. In order to maximize our time at the North Rim, we need to depart at 6:30am.

In anticipation of the early departure, Lloyd, manager, at "The Inn" will provide coffee, muffins, and fruit before we leave. There will be a couple of bathroom stops along the way. In addition, I’ll be bringing some "mostly" healthy snacks and water for mid-morning and the late afternoon return. A box lunch will be included…let me know if you are a vegetarian. I have arranged for an NPS ranger to address our group while we eat lunch.

Then you will have some free time before we depart about 3:00pm. I have asked Open Road Tours to skip the dinner break on the return so we can have more time at the North Rim. Yes, there will be food so you won’t starve on the return, which should be about 8:00 – 8:30pm.

I will need to provide Open Road Tours with a list of names by September 1st. The field trip is limited to 50 participants.

Optional Things to do:

Museum of Northern Arizona

Grand Canyon National Park – South Rim
Wupatki National Monument
Sunset Crater Volcano
Walnut Canyon National Monument
USGS Flagstaff facility
Meteor Crater
Hualapai Rafting in the Grand Canyon – one day trip about $289.00
Riordan Mansion State Park
Grand Canyon Railway

Pre-conference options:
On Wednesday morning, I would like to offer a brief trip to Walnut Canyon National Monument located 4 miles east of Flagstaff. (via private vehicles). We will depart "The Inn at NAU" at 9am and return by noon. By returning at noon, the Executive Board can participate if they choose!

Post-conference options:
On the Monday following the conference, I would like to offer a day trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon (via private vehicles). Departure can be early because you will have had Sunday to rest! And we will make a full day of it, so plan to fly out on Tuesday!

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