I would like to carpool! I am coming from Butte MT. I've worked out a work-trade for admission costs, and room and board, and want to find a cheaper way of getting there. I'm tabling at the Trade-Show so I'll have two bulky containers for displays (I'm an Americorps member working at NCAT in Butte). I can drive up to Missoula to meet people. I can fit one other person comfortably in my truck, and 3 more uncomfortably. Paul, you mentioned something about a van?
Do ya'll have room for 1 more? I can definitely chip in to help with gas. Been on the fence about whether to go, but I want to learn all I can about permaculture, so this seems like too good an opportunity to miss.
I like the idea of getting there, getting settled and then mosying over to the events of the evening. So if we left here at 3:30, we would get there at a 6:30 which is 5:30 their time. I suspect that we will then have the challenge of trying to track down people that will take our money and let us in and whatnot. And then stuff starts at 6:30.
I went ahead and signed up for advance registration... If someone with an extra car seat wants to name a place and time to meet next Thursday, I'll be there.
(If there's a dire seat shortage, I could potentially drive my van, but it only has one passenger seat and no backseats, no power steering and a broken windshield wiper motor, so it's a bit risky for a road trip right now; I'd rather use it only as a last resort at this point.)
At some point, I need to pop out and see my brother's new property, about 45 minutes from the event. He will be there friday eve to sunday afternoon. So part of me is hoping that we will get enough people that we will want to take two rigs and then I'll bring my rig (which will hold four people, while Kelly's will hold more than four).
Instead of taking the van, I could drive my little truck. It'll fit myself, one other person very comfortably, and another less comfortably. I can't afford staying in the dorms so I'll probably camp, or see if I can swing a homestay. The only thing is I'd like to have a vehicle as neither place is walking distance to the conference, and if I camp, it'd be nice to have the option of sleeping in my truck (I've got a wee camper). It's small, and actually gets pretty good gas mileage.
Permaculture is a gestalt ... a study of the whole. Not just how to produce more and better food, but how human life on the planet affects and is affected by the surrounding environment.
Bill Kearns http://columbiabasinpermaculture.com