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Bearcat34

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The symposium is rapidly approaching and a number of folks have asked about accommodations in the area.  For those of you planning to find lodging near Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, there is an incredible assortment of options within a relatively close distance, all offering pretty much the same basic amenities and sharing pretty much the same guest rating points.  Prices range from $55.00 on up to just ridiculous.

 A short list of some of the average options are:

 


Comfort Inn Denver International Airport

16921 E. 32nd Ave., Aurora, CO, US, 80011

Phone: (303) 367-5000

Listed at $69.00

http://www.choicehotels.com/ires/en-US/html/Availability#rsm-rate-RACK

 

Extended Stay America-Denver North-Aurora

14095 East Evans Ave
Aurora, CO 80014 
Tel: (303) 337-7000

Listed at $53.99

http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/Reservations/MetroArea.html?sid=6100f0d3-6467-4efb-a86f-9377728555d0

 

SUPER 8 AURORA

14200 East 6th Avenue, 6th Ave and Billings, 

Aurora, CO 80011 

(303) 366-7333

Listed at $57.86

http://www.super8.com/hotels/colorado/aurora/super-8-aurora-denver-area/rooms-rates?srcDestination=&partner_id=&srcBrand=&campaign_code=&checkout_date=04%2F22%2F2013&children=0&useWRPoints=false&ratePlan=BAR&teens=0&affiliate_id=&brand_code=BH%2CDI%2CRA%2CBU%2CHJ%2CKG%2CMT%2CSE%2CTL%2CWG%2CWY%2CPX%2CWT%2CWP%2CPN&iata=&adults=1&checkin_date=04%2F19%2F2013&rooms=1

 

SpringHill Suites Denver Aurora/Fitzsimons (Marriott)  

 13400 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO 80011

(720) 859-1100

Listed at $118.00

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/denaf-springhill-suites-denver-aurora-fitzsimons/

 

La Quinta Inn Denver Aurora

1011 South Abilene St, Aurora, CO  80012,

(800) 753-3757

Listed at $55.00

 http://www.lq.com/lq/properties/propertyProfile.do?propId=557

 

Extended Stay America, formerly Homestead Studio Suites

13941 E. Harvard Ave. in AuroraCO 80014

(303) 750-9116

Listed at $58.00

http://www.extendedstayamerica.com/property/Extended-Stay-America-Denver-Aurora-South-hotel.html?sid=496faef8-cee2-45bc-81a0-ebf16f12f2e4

 Hampton Inn & Suites

4150 East Kentucky Ave 
Glendale, CO 80246
(855) 271-3622

Listed at $116.00

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g33445-d83029-Reviews-Hampton_Inn_and_Suites_Denver_Cherry_Creek-Glendale_Colorado.html

 

While we have not selected a specific hotel/motel this year as preferred, a number of the Colorado folks are planning to stay at the Extended Stay America on E. Harvard Ave.  It’s about 7 miles/12 minutes from the venue.

 Brian

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Brian,

Thanks for researching and posting the housing choices.
Check is in the mail and I've reserved at the Extended Stay location.

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I won't be able to make it this year. My son has one of those 8th grade school trips to the east coast and whatever "extra" money I've got has been going toward that.

Hope everyone has a good time! There is always next year...

Jeff

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The wife and I are staying in Denver a couple extra days. Any suggestions for non-wreckchasing things to do in the area (I have to appease the wife, it is our anniversary!)
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I'm planning to be with you all again this year.  Last year's meeting at Nellis was great!   Tentative presentation will be about my July, 2012 exploration of 1920's-40's air navigation sites (airway light beacon and four-course radio range sites) along the original transcontinental airway across southern Wyoming and along the airway from Cheyenne to Douglas to Casper.   
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Where's all the buzz for the conference?
Less than a month away and I am stoked! Colorado AvAr, any teasers on what wrecksites we will be touring? Us flatlanders might find longer hikes difficult at that altitude, especially since my off-season training regimen was forgotten about almost as soon as I concieved it!
What about a list of presentation topics?
Let's start hyping this thing up!

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We just had 8" of snow followed by single-digit overnight temps.

Mountain crash sites are still buried in snow and will be until June.

Crash sites on the prairies were accessible and usually cleaned up though there can be micro sites.

Not sure what Brian has in mind.

This is a difficult time of year. We can get snow on the plains as late as the end of May some years.....


But I'd enjoy knowing more about the agenda if it's somewhat assembled.

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Three weeks to go!  I'm looking forward to seeing a lot of you again - for the third year in a row!  Lots to see in central Colorado, hopefully!  I will be there by Thursday nite/Friday, as well as doing some more beacon research on this trip, along the El Paso - Pueblo airway.  

Anyone driving up, should stop at Trinidad and check out the old Continental terminal there - frozen in the early 1950's!   Southern Colorado has some very interesting airway sites, but we'll have to check those NGS coords and Google Earth to see what may remain - and on whose land....We have completed our CAA-building preservation study, with a state grant, but are still searching for a beacon and a pair of course lights (and restoration funding!!!) for our growing museum here at Grants.  

Steve Owen
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While we had hoped that the relatively mild winter conditions we have been experiencing would present a number of opportunities for us to visit some good, low-altitude mountain sites on the Friday (4/19) before the symposium, it just doesn't appear that the weather is going to cooperate. Although these sites are only moderately difficult to access in good weather conditions, even a small amount of snow makes them extremely difficult and, in some cases, very dangerous.

The nearest prairie site to visit that offers more than a few shards of Plexiglas to examine is the Ordway B-17 crash, situated about a 2 hour and 20 minute drive southeast of Denver.  The general consensus is that a micro-site would not be worth a 5 hour car ride.

For those planning to arrive early (Thursday or Friday) and who are looking for some aviation history, a "museum crawl" is definitely in order as there are several interesting aviation museums along the Front Range.  We have four that are certainly worth a look:

Spirit of Flight Museum Located about 35 minutes from Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum, this modest facility has an interesting collection of historical artifacts but few aircraft.  The most interesting aspect isthat the owner, Mr. Gordon Page, travelled to Russia in order to locate and recover an ME-109.  He has detailed his adventures in a book entitled Warbird Recovery, but nothing beats hearing about it firsthand.  http://www.spiritofflight.com/museum.php

Vintage Flying Aero Museum Situated in the idyllic Platte Valley, about 45 minutes Northeast from Wings Over the Rockies, this museum boasts the largest collection of WWI aviation artifacts in the world.  It is also home to the Lafayette Foundation.  Although we will be holding our Saturday evening social event at this site, it is well worth an extra visit to seriously peruse all that they have to offer. http://www.lafayettefoundation.org/

Pueblo Weisbrod Air Museum Presenting the longest travel time, about 1 hour and forty minutes, this collection is located on the old Pueblo Army Air Base.  Offering a large assortment of military aircraft, almost all of which are indoors, the trip is definitely worth the ride.  The docents are laid back and eager to show off their stuff.  And most will be happy to let you climb into the B-29, if you ask. http://www.pwam.org/

Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum You won’t have far to go with this option as it will be the venue for this year’s symposium.  With a diverse collection that ranges from early aviation through space travel, there’s a good deal to see and you will want to allow yourself the time to casually view it all. http://www.wingsmuseum.org/

If you have any further questions or would like to place your name on a rendezvous list to meet up with others for a tour of museums, please contact me at aviator_b@msn.com or call (970) 405-5377.  

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Thanks, aviator_b for the update on planning!  

One other free-day option is another new aviation museum at Colorado Springs - The National Museum of World War II Aviation - they give tours 3 times daily on Tues/Thurs/Sat.  Sign up / pay on line.  I'm stopping in Thursday on the long trek north.  

See:    http://www.worldwariiaviation.org/index.php?page=museum-tours


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Here we go again. I nearly bled to death a while back and I am still not well enough to travel. For the third year in a row, I will not make it.
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Pete - Hope you are feeling better.

Brian - I am still holding out for a big warm-up/slash snowmelt. We're melting pretty good here in Michigan.

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Jeff,

It's certainly possible.  We've been pretty warm down on the prairie and they're calling for another warm one this weekend.  Problem is over the next 10 days there is a good chance we'll see more snow in the mountains, seeing as how it's April in Colorado.  The real problem is the snow that lies down in the low, shaded areas or northern exposed slopes.  I am going to try and get up to the Lyons PB4Y this weekend, time permitting.  It is only 11 minutes off the side of the road and resting just below 8,000 feet.  It is an easy hump, but well shaded on the northeast slope.  I will let you know what I find.

Brian
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So.....it appears my hopes of a Colorado wreckchase are diminishing rapidly as I look at Denver's current conditions on weatherchannel!
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One week to go!  From the postings here it sounds as if there will be some very interesting field work presented.  Am working on an obscure transport crash site history here in NM, but Powerpoint may have mastered me, not vice versa.  The outcome is still in doubt.  Handouts anyone?

See you in Denver - Steve O.
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