This year's gathering was on Jul 10-12 in Washington State. The site will be at the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest
run by the University of Washington. We gathered on Friday afternoon at the center. Had dinner there. Stayed Friday and Saturday nights, and had our last meal together as lunch on Sunday.
I've created a new forum for folks to read about how things went at this year's gathering. You can find the stories and adventures that made up the 2009 BugGuide gathering here: 2009 BugGuide Gathering
These aren't exact yet, but we're getting close - here are some pretty close figures per person that include meals, lodging, tax, etc. for the whole weekend: kids (2-10) $95; students (10 and over) $121; adults (shared dorm) $167; adults (private room) $195. (I just added in a $5 fudge factor for internet access and a shared classroom). Thanks to everyone who has already sent their deposits. I'll post a sign-up sheet online for reservations in the next few weeks. The sign-up sheet will include what age and which meals and what night or what meals (if you're not going to be there the whole weekend) and has to be filled out by Jun 15, so I can give them a final tally of how many people for which nights and which meals. :) (If you can't swing the deposit up front, please let me know you'd like to come anyway. I can front a few deposits from my end.) And if you'd like to join us for just one night or just one day, BY ALL MEANS, we'd love to have you, but do email me and let me know ASAP, so I can plan accordingly.
The site is about an hour or so south of the Seattle area airport (SeaTac). Mount Rainier is about an hour away. Mount St. Helens is about 2 hours away. The Tahoma and Snoqualmie National Forests are each less than half an hour away. According to the aerial view, the Nisqually and Little Mashel Rivers are about 1/4 to 1/2 mile walk away from the center. Please email Kevin Hall
with questions or to reserve a spot.
Please feel free below to talk up and suggest ideas for activities, day trips, itineraries, etc.