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Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2010 15:39    Post subject: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010  

Just gearing up for getting some great photos to share with everyone while Jim and I are in Tucson. I so hope we can all meet at some point and say hello.
Thank you Jordi for giving me this forum to do my reports.
So get ready for a fun photo insight into the wild world of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show!
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PostPosted: Jan 12, 2010 15:52    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Hey Gail,

just do the same as you did on the last Tucson Show and we will all be happy :-) Your 12 pages of pictures, stories and funny comments comforted everyone who wasn't there in 2009, so please just do the same this year! Looking forward for one more of your wonderful photo stories!

Cheers!

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Thank you Tobias, I will certainly continue with the fun! Gail
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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2010 00:44    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Joan Massague' came by tonight for dinner and a nice long look at our mineral collection and we had a great time talking "rocks"!


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PostPosted: Jan 13, 2010 05:58    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

I look forward to the big Tucson event and Gail's report which surely will be at least as great as last year!

Cheers!
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PostPosted: Jan 16, 2010 10:37    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Gail,
Jim,

Thank you for the kind hospitality and for letting me enjoy your amazing collection and your culinary prowess. I would also like to thank Rob Lavinsky for making the introduction.



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PostPosted: Jan 18, 2010 21:12    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Joan, it was great fun having you in our home, come again!

Here is something we got in the mail today, just had to put it next to the "live" specimen and take a photo.



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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2010 09:20    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Well we are on the road to Tucson...been driving in heavy to light rain since 4 thirty a.m. & it is just after
8 a. m. and we only have 813 miles to go! I won't even bother taking a photo as it is grey & misty & wet. One truck didnt turn as the road did & almost took us out...we were seriously NOT happy about his driving & passed by him when we could.
We are traveling and following fellow MAD member Karl Warning.
Anyhow look for my Tucson photofest starting tonight!
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PostPosted: Feb 04, 2010 09:22    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Please please drive safe - we look forward to seeing you there.
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PostPosted: Feb 05, 2010 12:02    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

simonoff wrote:
Please please drive safe - we look forward to seeing you there.


Thank you
Bob! You are most gracious.

We made it last evening, after driving 989 miles. We finally came out of the rain about El Paso way. There were some spots of sun before then, but truly was gone once we were crossing into New Mexico. The mountains were spectacular, and the Franklin mountains were covered with snow on the top, which is always a shock as they are right there, along the US and Mexico border.
We traveled while following Karl, from our MAD group. It made the drive somehow nicer knowing we had a fellow traveler with us.
I will be adding photos tonight.
The Westward Look resort is where we are, at the moment, and I see lots of activity and cars over at the show area. They are opening, just now as I type.
My two faithful cameras are with me, as usual.

I was too tired to post last night, but I thought of all the fun I will be having with reports through the Main show and the very end.
Later everyone!
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:14    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Much rain on the first part of our trip, but the sun finally came out! Some things along the way...

This portion of the show report is dedicated to Linda Vanegas Smith. She couldn't join us in Tucson this year, so I am sending her my regards and love! WE MISS YOU LINDA!!!



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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:18    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

We were moving pretty well and making good time.


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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:23    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:28    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:34    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:36    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:37    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

Like lemmings we all migrate to Tucson. I'll be driving from the other direction. See you there.
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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:43    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

...Day one, the Westward Look. Friday...these are photos taken on my small Nikon. Will go to the Nikon D-40 shortly so bear with the sequence!


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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:47    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:54    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

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PostPosted: Feb 06, 2010 02:59    Post subject: Re: Gail Spann's Tucson photo fest, 2010.  

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