Let’s get on with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference. Today the steering committee had its last meeting. The conference will be held from July 19 to July 26 at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
We walked through the Western Carolina University campus. What a beautiful place–modern, friendly and spacious. Yes, quite spacious. You’re going to need to walk a bit. But so what! We’re hikers.
Two students, dressed in their best purple polo shirts, shepherded around campus. Asa and Rachel work for the conference center and they know the campus like the back of their hands.
The main purpose of the meeting was to understand where all the activities will occur.
We saw the
* Camping area,
* Registration building,
* Parking lot where the hikes, excursions and a couple of workshops will depart from,
* Residence halls. No one calls them dorms anymore. With private baths, common rooms, a pool table and several common kitchens, we’re not roughing it.
* Rooms where the entertainment and large meetings will occur
* And, of course, the dining hall. We even previewed the food. We had lunch in the student dining hall (cafeteria style) and the food was good.
The rest of the meeting focused on minutia. With about a 1,000 people coming, what seems like minutia is quite important. Signs, traffic flow of various rooms, extra volunteers… It’s going to be a great conference.
What? Is it possible that you haven’t registered yet?
Online registration closes on Sunday June 30. After that, you register on site. So get onto it, now. See you in Cullowhee.