In what has become an annual tradition Paige and I are on our way to Denver, Colorado for ChaserCon! ChaserCon is the annual National Storm Chasing Convention. This event has evolved over the years. It started out as a meet-and-greet with a few friends and storm chasing videotapes back in 1998. With Tim Samaras and Roger Hill at the helm, the event eventually grew into an annual convention. Tim Samaras passed away on May 31, 2013, due to his encounter with the El Reno, Oklahoma tornado. Roger Hill along with his wife Caryn have kept the conference alive and well in the years since Tim’s untimely death. This year’s conference marks a momentous occasion with it being the 20th annual National Storm Chasing Convention.
A twenty-year anniversary is a big deal and the conference agenda does not disappoint. A few well-known speakers include Dr. Josh Wurman, Dr. Greg Forbes, Tim Marshall, and many other excellent speakers. A majority of the convention will occur on Saturday, but it will spill over into Sunday morning as well.
I haven’t done a ‘trip report’ on this blog before. I’ve been looking for an excuse to change that and this seems like a great opportunity to start! What I’ll be doing is publishing a ‘day in review’ blog post each day through Sunday. Paige and I will be spending most of Thursday up in Rocky Mountain National Park and in nearby Estes Park. I’m not sure what we’ll be up to on Friday, but we’ll find something exciting to do. Saturday and Sunday will be the convention with the ten-hour drive home commencing Sunday afternoon.
We’ll start out with our daily posts tomorrow evening with highlights of our day up in RMNP and Estes Park. We’ve been up there several times in the winter and happened to visit this past fall. No matter the time of year there is a multitude of photo opportunities, so expect a lot of pictures here and on our Instagram feed! These posts won’t be the typical content we’ve published previously but will show a behind the scenes perspective of our lives – besides the obvious of chasing storms.
ChaserCon is usually broadcast live during the convention on their website at www.chasercon.com for those unable to attend in person. I’ll be taking notes during the convention and will share those along with my personal thoughts on this weekend’s follow-up posts.