Saturday, May 19: EFRC a day early, finish packing.
Sunday May 20: leave Illinois early, spend the night in Duluth.
Monday, May 21 - AM Thursday on the North Shore, spending the nights wherever I wind up.
Thursday, May 24: dinner in the Twin Cities, evening conversation and hopefully some music (but not all night), spend the night.
Friday, May 25: breakfast, possibly early lunch in Twin Cities; travel to Des Moines, visit Neal Smith Wildlife refuge, dinner (late?), music/hang out.
Saturday, May 26: depart Des Moines area lunchtime-ish, spend night in my own house.
Sunday, May 27: EFRC like normal.
Monday, May 28: relax and recover from all that.
If you are in the Twin Cities or Des Moines areas, please let me know your thoughts. If you'd like to see me as I pass through, but this schedule really doesn't work, but my being in Des Moines Sunday and Minneapolis Monday would, let me know. I'd prefer the first schedule, because I think Des Moines is a better place to be looking for a place to stay Friday night of Memorial Day weekend than somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin. There's even an outside chance that I could hit Des Moines on the way up, and Minneapolis on Friday night on the way home, but since I'd have to drive all the way back home on Saturday, I couldn't do justice to it being a Friday night.
If you'd like to have me for a house guest, let me know. I am fine with staying in a motel, but I've been scolded by friends before for staying in a motel in their city.
I'm really hoping for a small music party Thursday (or Monday if it works out that way) night, if someone would be willing to host on my behalf. This, much more than a place to sleep, is the indulgence I'd beg from someone. Except that I think I know the folks involved well enough that they couldn't pass off getting together for music as an imposition.
The other thing I'd like to do is have a good dinner that night -- not a super-expensive one, but hopefully a special place, not a chain that I could eat at in Champaign. I'd like to solicit suggestions of restaurants.
I'll be contacting key people by email shortly as I move into the serious planning stage of this trip.