Gas prices have shot through the ceiling and I'm told that those Motel 6's and Hotel 8's cost darn near $100 a night but it really was my understanding that these were scattered throughout the country so maybe one will be near you some day so that you don't have to incur the expense of travel and spending the night somewhere? Time is unfortunately an entirely different beast what with people being spread so thin these days. I think 1 of the next three is in Canada and then the other two are supposed to be in the US. I would like to attend them all but there's that time element to factor in.
I know someone who went to the last one in florida and his feeling is is that they are getting to popular. The format is lectures one day, field trips the next. With so many partcipants, it made the field trip difficult.