Summiteers for the Common Good (and Would-Be Attendees),
Just seven days now until we gather in the Mountain Paradise for the best-possible purpose:
To make the world a better place. No further pontificating from me this time, just straight to more details and logistics:
1. Preview #3 will contain a detailed calendar, but here’s the Summit’s basic rhythm, as scored by Doug and Samir: Monday evening’s session will be mostly welcoming and organizational, but Tuesday and Wednesday will each flow in similar fashion: morning inspiration and ideas from both John and Frank, plus one or two each day of Keisha, Bob, Samir, and Doug. The afternoons will be devoted to Open Space sessions, a construct calculated to maximize participation and optimize outcomes.
2. We’re not yet sure if it will be Tuesday or Wednesday, but one evening will feature Shannon Curtis (www.shannoncurtis.net) in concert. Shannon is a seasoned songwriter and vocalist whose latest single was written for the Resistance: “Armed With Joy”.
3. One evening, either Tuesday or Wednesday, we’ll take over the Ouray Brewery’s rooftop patio for dinner—and perhaps even stay there for our evening session.
4. Thanks to a clever suggestion from the Wright Opera House’s manager, a complimentary full breakfast will be served at the Secret Garden, a B&B located just two blocks from the Wright.
logistics . . .
1. First and foremost, with bolded caps for emphasis: AIRPORT TRANSFERS ARE FREE, BUT ONLY IF WE HAVE YOUR FLIGHT INFO. WITHOUT IT, OUR PSYCHIC POWERS ARE, SADLY, INSUFFICIENT TO ENSURE YOU SMOOTH AND SAFE PASSAGE. PLEASE SEND THOSE DETAILS IN!
2. The most popular activities in Ouray when one isn’t attending SJS are, in no particular order, (1) soaking in the hot springs, (2) hiking the Perimeter Trail (or any of the many others), and (3) Jeeping throughout mining country. The last will be somewhat limited by snowpack above 10,000 feet, but then there’s snow-Jeeping! So bring your hot-springs gear and your hiking shoes. Jeeps are rented at multiple locations in Ouray.
3. Ouray sits at approximately 7,800 feet above sea level, or almost exactly 1.5 miles. But they don’t call it the Mile-and-a-Half-High City, but rather the “Switzerland of America”. The punch line is, come prepared to feel the elevation. Elevation sickness is common, so be alert for it. And know that alcohol exacerbates the phenomenon. But most of those affected will fairly quickly acclimatize. Don’t panic, but do alert us if discomfort persists or increases.
4. We have one bedroom with a double / queen available Sun-Thurs in a house-share for $100/night. First claimant gets it.
5. If anyone has an extra bed Saturday night, the 26th, and/or Friday night, the 1st, we have a taker.
6. One Summiteer is seeking to carpool from the Colorado Springs area. Is anyone who’s driving from the Front Range able to offer an open seat?
Finally, the weather forecast looks spectacular! As those of you who know the San Juans are acutely aware, snow is common in late May. But we, blessedly, are told to expect mid-70s for highs (40s at night) and mostly sunshine for the entire Summit. And humidity way up there at 25% . . . Do pack your sunscreen—the sun’s mighty close up here! And heaven seems not far away. . .
Your Local Host and Wanna-Be Mountain Man,
* Here is some homework!
If you haven’t yet read John Pavlovitz’s profoundly-motivating instant classic, “A Bigger Table”, please do so before May 28th.