And by the way, for anyone from UCSB who gets to the AAG early, with time and inclination for something besides Boulder Dam and death valley, I'll be leading an AAG fieldtrip, the oasis Tour:
Friday, March 20
2. The Oasis Tour
Friday, March 20, 9:00am – Saturday, March 21, 5:30pm
Organizers/Leaders: John Cloud, NOAA Central Library
Trip Capacity: 24
Cost/person: $125 (includes transportation, accommodations, dinner, breakfast, lunch, entrance fees)
Few places are as compelling as those with abundant water in a desert. This tour will make a 2-day, 300 mile circle tour of historic oases in Nevada and California, staying overnight at the legendary Zzyzx, the desert study center. We'll leave Las Vegas in mini-vans, driving to Tecopa Hot Springs oasis, for a soak and lunch in a desert bistro.
Then, we travel on to the nearby historic China Ranch date palm plantation. We'll then travel on to Zzyzx, arriving in time for a catered dinner on the Boulevard of Dreams, and a walk by the restoring wetlands. Travelers will stay overnight at the Zzyzx Desert Studies Center, in historic bungalow rooms, double occupancy, on beds furnished with sleeping bag liners sufficient for the spring temperatures. Zzyzx accommodations include catered dinner, breakfast, and bag lunch. The next morning, we'll visit a 19th century railroad oasis, the historic Kelso Depot. We'll eat our catered lunches at a vista point in the botanical oasis of the New York Mountains. We'll then return to Las Vegas refreshed, with a nuanced perspective on water in the desert.
I haven't met Dr Cloud, but I certainly look forward to seeing him at this year's UCSB Geography 70's theme AAG Event at the Peppermill Fireside Lounge. He's already out checking Las Vegas thrift stores for leisure suits. He also attached the following image to his RSVP so that I can easily recognize him in Vegas:
John Cloud, a graduate of our department, completed his Ph.D. in the summer of 2000.