I had planned to attend the 2011 Biology of the Rattlesnakes Symposium (July 20-23) in Tucson, Arizona, but was unable to fly out from the UK until it was almost over.
I was met at Tucson Airport by Frank Retes and reached the Marriott Hotel just as the auction was drawing to a close. Bob Ashley and Ken Foose were the auctioneers.
The following morning delegates were due to head for home but a large number were heading for Rodeo, New Mexico, to continue the party at a barbeque being thrown by Bob and Sheri Ashley, owners of the Chiricahua Desert Museum. I was heading there too.