Steve I plan on going to 5 mile meadow on 5/13 thru 5/16 for first light on the 6" refractor, unless it is snowing. Joe Joseph R. Goss 5108 E. Emerald Avenue Mesa, Arizona 85206 602-882-1275 K7JRG@xxxxxxx ----- Original Message ----- From: <stevecoe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: "az-observing@fre" <az-observing@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Cc: "Bill" <malachite@xxxxxxx> Sent: Monday, May 03, 2010 9:29 PM Subject: [AZ-Observing] Snowy trip to Five Mile Meadow Hello all; Well, yesterday (Sunday, May 2) was a very interesting day. We decided to travel up to the 5 Mile Meadow site near Happy Jack and see how tough it will be to get Tom's big Rv into the site. When we left the Verde Valley, where we are staying in a nice RV park, the weather was cloudy but not threatening. By the time we got to the convenience store at Clint's Well it was snowing a little, but just occaisonal flakes. We stopped in at the RV park on Lake Mary Road to ask what a full hook up or use of the dump station would cost and then were on our way to Happy Jack Rv park with the same questions. By the time we drove the 3 miles or so to the Happy Jack RV park it was snowing like crazy. I am clear that I don't know much about snow, but the ground was white and the air was filled with large and frequent flakes. I ran in and got the info we needed and decided to slowly carry on to 5 Mile Meadow. The snow was letting up by the time we got half way there. Once we turned onto the dirt road toward the Bar D ranch it was not snowing at all. We did our survey of the site, so Tom could decide if he wanted to try the spot, he loved it..said "piece of cake". With that in mind we will be at the newly christened "David Fredericksen Memorial Observing Site" during new Moon. If anyone wished to join us, bring warm clothes and join in. I can't be specific about the date, we are going to Flagstaff first. Tom has a friend who happens to be the director of the Naval Observatory. Once we have had the tour and observed with him for a night or two we will make our way on to 5 Mile Meadow. Hope to see you there; Steve Coe -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list. -- I am using the free version of SPAMfighter. We are a community of 7 million users fighting spam. SPAMfighter has removed 2363 of my spam emails to date. Get the free SPAMfighter here: http://www.spamfighter.com/len The Professional version does not have this message -- See message header for info on list archives or unsubscribing, and please send personal replies to the author, not the list.