I'm actually writing this on the morning of Day 2 while waiting for the first papers to start at 0800. I'm not staying up here in Tahoe since I live in Reno and drive a Prius. It costs me about $9 round trip to drive here which is a heck of a lot cheaper than hotels up here. Also, I get to see my wife in the evenings. The downside is that I have to get up at 0500 in order to shower, stop at Starbucks, and make the hour drive out. I have a compulsion to be early for things which I got from my time in the Navy. A particular a Division Chief told me once that you should never be right on time for something. You should always be either fifteen minutes early or fifteen minutes late. Early shows that you were prepared for traffic or other contingencies and late allows you time to come up with a great excuse! I've lived by that for twenty years.
Anyway, yesterday was the first day of the conference. It's my first time attending the Great Basin Conference. I've always been in the field and couldn't leave when they've happened in the past. Since they only occur every two years you miss a lot when you don't go. Now I'm in a better professional position and can afford the time to go.
As with the SAAs, the biggest draw so far has been to the Paleoindian Symposium that started right at 0800. The symposium was a regular who's who of Great Basin Paleo work. Papers were given by Jenkins, Fagen, Fowler (Catherine), and Davis with a discussion from Beck and Jones.
After this is all over I'm going to have more detailed posts about the conference. For now, you can follow the two of us that are tweeting what we see by searching #gbac2012.
Thanks for reading and I'll see you in the field.