I really didn’t get a vacation this year. Work has just been too hectic, which is good in that it means I still have a job, but which makes it difficult to get away. I missed MHA, and also missed my usual early August trip to Utah. So I started to eyeball the John Whitmer Historical Association Conference in Independence as a way to help make up for all my hard work earlier in the year. Plus I have a new car (a Mazda 3–a thing of beauty) and I wanted to take it out on a road trip. So I made the arrangements, and here I am at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center in Independence, Missouri. I hope the Second Coming comes while I’m here so it will save me the trip.
The ride down was uneventful, except for all the construction I had to negotiate. I ate at the Maid-Rite in Des Moines, as is my wont (Maid-Rite dates back to 1925–their specialty is loose meat hamburgers, the real old fashioned way). For dinner, Robin Jensen, Ben Park, Mike McKay and Gerit Dirkmaat went to Kansas City Joe’s, the famous barbecue place in a garage (it was simply outstanding, and pretty much worth the trip all by itself. Somewhere I imagine Mark Brown is shaking his fist to the heavens and cursing me.)
Anyway, I’m opening up this thread for all things JWHA for the next couple of days. Please feel free to post your stories, session notes, close encounters with Restoration Royalty, or whatever below.