I suspect the Great Lakes is some mighty cool diving, too. About the coldest I've dove in so far is around 60 - 65 degree F water, and I was wearing a 6mm wetsuit. I could probably go just a bit cooler if I wore the Lavacore underneath that, but not much colder. While 60 - 65 doesn't sound too bad when we think of air temperatures, water is a far more efficient heat sink than air is, and the cold water will pull the heat out of the body rapidly if we're not well insulated. That's not to say I won't ever make it to a Michigan Conference. I'd had tentative plans to attend last year, before the conference got shelved for the year. I've never been to Michigan, and wouldn't mind to add it to the list of states I've visited. I've been to Florida before, but never farther east than Pensacola, and that some 35 years ago. So, yeah. I'm hoping to start attending more FW Conferences.
I could say that we need to add a Southwest venue to the list of rotations for the Conference. You can get some pretty cheap accommodations in the Phoenix metro around June to July, because, well, who wants to go to Phoenix in the summer? Southern California is a more pleasant destination around that time, but suffers from the higher prices of being a popular vacation choice. Flagstaff is nice, and it might be kind of fun to think about having us Faithwriters getting our kicks on Route 66, but again, it's a popular summer destination, so prices go up accordingly. You can come to Tucson any time you'd like, but the trouble is, most people class Tucson in the same thermal class as Hell itself during the summer. Rumor has it, even the Devil himself finds Tucson too hot in July and August. So, I don't think I'll lobby for a Southwest Venue any time soon. I'd say by the end of June, a long weekend in Portland is going to sound mighty good to us. I might even have to pack a coat.