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TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....
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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2016 23:36    Post subject: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

Up at 4:00 am, out the door after loading the car. Dogs were so sad to see us go, but we wanted to beat the traffic in both Dallas and Fort Worth. I had made sure the car was clean, all windows washed. I had taken the car in for an oil change and tire rotation, I'm kind of quirky that way.
Jim and I know it's a 988 mile drive straight through to Tucson, but we manage to enjoy ourselves nonetheless. Our best times are when we chat together, so try as I might to bring audio books, we never even play them. We seem to solve the problems of the world when we spend 14 1/2 hours driving!

Anyhow, it's that time of year again. I want to mention my dear friend, Nathan Reiskin, who was sad he had to leave Tucson, for previous obligations, and will miss some of the great fun, so this is for you Nathan!

So here I sit in my room in Tucson and know it will be an amazing adventure, as always. We have three cases for display at the main show, it will be a challenge !



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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2016 23:44    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2016 02:54    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

Thanks Gail, as each year begins the adventure in Tucson through your eyes.

I wish you a great adventure full of encounters with friends and new minerals.

Regards. Enrique Llorens.
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2016 07:51    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

Keep them coming Gail. I won't be there this year...
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2016 10:08    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

Starting our first day with breakfast joined by Peter and Nadya Lyckberg and young Lars.
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2016 01:56    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

...I keep trying to add photos but to no avail...help!
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2016 01:59    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

...Finally, got it figured out. Here is Peter Lyckberg with baby Lars.


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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2016 02:06    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

Day one of the Westward Look show.


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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2016 02:13    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

The day was really nice, started off cool but warmed up. We went down to see a man about a rock and managed to run into EVERYONE we have ever known, or so it seems!


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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2016 02:21    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

Lots of familiar faces!


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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2016 19:41    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

more to come...


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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2016 02:38    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2016 02:47    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

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PostPosted: Feb 08, 2016 02:52    Post subject: Re: TUCSON, 2016. And away we go....  

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