The Meeting was opened promptly by Chairman Peter Staples with two apologies having been offered. He updated members on the progress of Ken Roberts, our second oldest member, who has not been well having spent some time in care but glad to report is now back at home. Our best wishes are sent and we hope to see him again soon.
Details of the Christmas Lunch on Tuesday December 13th were also available to members which included menu choice and booking forms. Those wishing to attend need to return menu choices and full payment to John Taylor by Tuesday November 29th. (although early booking recommended in case demand exceeds supply!!)
Today saw a returning Speaker Mr David Aldred from Burley- In -Wharfedale, a keen walker, seasoned traveller and photographer who took us on a tour “From Zion To Las Vegas”. Backed up by a comprehensive slide show he advised that the genesis of this tour was his youngest daughter relocating to Vancouver in 1990 and their visit to see her for one week first in 1991, with further subsequent trips, was extended to a three months tour in a Motor Home down into the U.S.A. through Oregon, California and a number of other states. We shared some of his experiences in canyons and locations such as Zion; Bryce; The Grand Canyon and Colorado River; The Petrified Forest; Monument Valley; Arches National Park and finished in Las Vegas. The slides showed some stunning geographical formations, landscapes and river scenes and members were awed by some of the tremendous sizes and distances transversed– indeed the whole initial tour covered 9,000 miles!! The variety in different areas such as Zion Canyon (a sandstone region) and the topography created by erosion and extreme weather conditions forming features such as sand butts was to be marvelled at. We experienced Coral Pink Sand Dunes; cactus in flower and an assortment of flowers such as Larkspur; Indian Paintbrush; Silver Leaf Nightshade and Scarlett Gilia. The presence of Chipmunks; Ground Squirrels; Californian Condors; Lizards; Antelopes; Elks ; Wolves; Bears; Coyotes and Prairie Dogs was highlighted. The talk finished with a visit to Las Vegas, down the Strip showing the replica architecture from around the world that comprised the Hotels and Visitor Locations but carried a health warning about the ubiquitous Slot Machines.
The Vote Of Thanks on behalf of thirty-eight attendees was given by John Corby.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY