I just checked into my room here at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. George, which is the hotel closest to the Dixie Center, where the conference will be held.
I had to get up at 4:45 to catch my flight. I walk into Terminal 2 at O’Hare, and it’s a madhouse, with a huge line at Delta, the carrier I would be taking. I start to panic a little bit, because if I have to wait in that line, I’ll never make my flight. I find the self-serve kiosks, and the first two I try don’t work; the second one tells me to see an agent. Uh oh. I kind of stand there for a minute, pondering how I can cut into the line, when I decide to try one more kiosk, and this one works and I get my boarding passes.
The flight into SLC was uneventful, and the flight to St. George was better than I thought it would be. (Patrick Mason was on my flight!) Except the conference program gave the address for the old airport, not the new one. So my son had to find the new airport, since it clearly wasn’t operational. (I texted him that I had landed, and he’s thinking, uh, no you didn’t.) But all’s well that end’s well. We’re here.
In a little while we’re going to go check out the Dixie Center and get registered. Then at some point I want to use the pool; it has been too long a winter and spring not to. We’re thinking of catching a show later. And if the timing works, we’ll join some friends for dinner.
Then it will be off to the races: two full days of Mormon history action.
According to one of the MHA newsletters, the Dixie Center is equipped with wifi, so maybe I’ll schlep my laptop and do some near-real time updates.
Anyway, it’s on, so those of you who are here and participating please chime in with your experiences, notes on sessions, cool people you got to talk to, basically anything and everything related to the conference.