Mark Daughtridge, Diana Gietl, Mark Little, Howard Holgate, Matthew van Fossen, Robert Harris, Pete Hertl, and Ken Walsh were in attendance. Howard Holgate presided over the meeting.
Howard mentioned that dues can now be paid at half price to Mark Little. Mike Broome had no news about he web site development, but Ken mentioned that new photos have been added to the online photo gallery.
BugFest will be held on Saturday, September 11 this year, and Pete Hertl encouraged the TriTrog members to sign up for two-hour shifts. If you work two shifts, you get lunch and a t-shirt. His display is about orthoptera–junping insects. Pete described the event, mentioned that the TriTrogs should be helping out the museum, and then discussions turned to insect consumption.
Dick Webb donated several books to the grotto, and Howard wants to send him a thank you. However, Howard hasn’t found him yet and would like help from anyone who might know him.
Hannah Reynolds solicited the TriTrogs a few months ago for information about WNS before a mycologist’s roundtable discussion. However, we never heardd back from her about how the discussions went.
Discussion turned to Final Jeopardy while we waited for Diana’s arrival.
Peter Hertl drove to the NSS Convention (2000-mile round trip). Pete arrived Sunday, participated in rope climbing the first two days, went to sessions on Wednesday, the photography salon, banquet, international exploration session, and rope training. He also described the stealth beer drinking from kegs in the parking lot and the bonfire that the fire department hosed down before 9:30 PM.
Upcoming trips include:
August 28—Lovers Leap Cave survey trip
September 2-6 –Old Timers Reunion
October 1-3—VAR/MAR at Friars Hole ($30 at http://varegion.org/var/events/FallVAR/FallVAR.shtml–preregister by September 10 to get the guidebook and bring your own water)
October 9-11–TAG Fall Cave In
Conservation trip to clean up Hancock Cave—Diana is working on coordinating a date in early October or late November (likely Nov. 20)
July 16-22, 2011–NSS Convention in Glenwood Springs, CO (Howard may reserve a cabin)
Ken agreed to find the convention promotion video (youtube link at http://nss2011.org/info.htm–under 14 minutes) and to bring the book Caves of Colorado to the next meeting. By the way, the book indicates that Glenwood Springs is the biggest cave formation area in Colorado.
After the break, we watched some of the Planet Earth video about caves.