Boston, the breakfast tasted great. I didn't allow myself adequate time to do the mine tour and then the group photo, so I skipped the tour. There isn't a lot of parking at the mine, so it is probably a good thing that many folks didn't drive up there.
They abbreviated the tour for us to about 20 minutes, which allowed the first group to just get down in time for the group photo.
The tour itself was very cool. You go way back into the mountain and he demonstrates some drilling techniques. It sounded like the other people on the train with me liked it as well, and were wishing they didn't have to leave before he finished the full length tour.
The only negative was that unless you jumped in that first group and took the short tour, it conflicted with the group photo.
The breakfast was great. Not a ton of people, like you said, there were a bunch of conflicting agendas, leaving early, waking up late and then having to get to the group photo, etc. I took the 20 minute abbreviated tour and wished I had time for a longer one. Here is a real bad photo inside the mine during the tour
The group photo was sight to behold. It was appropriate to move it up to 9:00 AM so people could hit the road. I just didn't plan well and get up to the mine early enough for the tour. Breakfast and tours started at 7:00 AM, plenty of time. I'm okay with doing the mine tour and photo shoot next year, assuming that we go to Ouray again. Let's hear it for Ouray!
Having the group photo as early as possible was the right choice. Any earlier and the sun wouldn't have been on all the FJs. Any later would have delayed a lot of people's long trips home.
The mine tours didn't start till 8:00, though, so that meant only one group got to do the tour and get back in time for the group photo. The only thing I can think would help would be to see if they could start tours earlier for us, and/or mention that there were tours throughout the day for those folks who did stay late on Sunday. Or, mine tours on Friday/Saturday for the late starters then.
4wd Toyota Owner Magazine will be doing a large write-up on the Summit. I encourage all of you to post up any comments or anything you'd like to be considered for the article - I'll pass this link along to the editor.
Folow the link below to purchase a group photo from this year's event, framed by yours truly (hey if you look closely you may even have my fingerprints to cherish forever)
Thanks to thenookie for getting this up on the site....
FJSummit 2007 National Meet Group Photo
We were in the 10:30 group to take on Black Bear Pass. We had a great group with FJ's from dead stock to nicely equipped. Tim was our FJ Trail Team leader and did a great job of keeping us on track and having fun.
As I have in the past, I posted my pics on my Photobucket page under...