>ANPAT 9 was great! Weather was superb. Sadly, it's back to >the real world on Monday . > >Jim
Could not agree with you more! The year of anticipation was worth the wait. It was yet another awesome ANPAT Nikonian's adventure. I miss everyone already and can't wait until next year's event. And another BIG thanks to Michael for all his hard work putting this trip together. Looking forward to all the pictures being posted in the Gallery section.
This was my first ANPAT and I want to state what a great experience it was. Thanks to all who make this happen each year and thanks to Michael Mariant for making it run smoothly and for stressing over all the small details. I know that takes a lot of thought and work.
I certainly felt the inclusion and helpfulness that Nikonians are famous for and hope to be able to do this again sometime. Thanks!!
We were lucky to have you in the First Group, aka the Fantastic Four (later the Fantastic Five), or as that perennial pessimist Michael dubbed us, F Troop.
As for inclusion and helpfulness, many thanks for letting me borrow your 70-200 on the raft. I may have a wallhanger I took with your lens, but I'm still working on the train ride up to the park on Day One.
Yeah, having a tough day today. I slept until 11am yesterday and had to get up early today for work. I thought I was doing OK but around 9am I got really tired, really fast. I guess the combo of ANPAT and time zones is getting to me.
It's good to be home but I am already eager to find out where we are going next year.
I left Anchorage on Sat 10:30pm shuttle to catch the 1am Sunday morning flight to Portland (4hrs), connect to Tokyo (11hrs) and then to Singapore (7hrs). Not to mention waiting times at each airport. Just arrived home now and the local time is 2 30am Tuesday!..... Despite the long flight, I must say its a wonderful experience shooting wildlife with fellows Nikonian. The scenery at Denali and the glacier are spectacular. One more, Micheal Mariant, you did a great job!
Well, you certainly win the prize for both distance as well as time zones travelled (13?). You surpassed both Bo and Rimon regarding time zones, and, well, I don't know how you managed all those hours on planes, buses, and terminals waiting for the same, in both directions.
16 hrs time different...its Monday night in Anchorage now but Tuesday noon in Singapore. Not only planes & buses, trains and taxi too. I need another few days to get my body clock adjusted back.....Am experiencing jetlag now...can't sleep and yet feel sleepy...so might as well work on my photos. Fortunately I am not back to work until next month...
What an experience this ANPAT was. I don't know if they are all as great, but for a first timer, I was blessed. The weather was perfect, the scenery unbelievable, but best of all was the opportunity to met all the participants!
It was really wonderful meeting you guys and I had a wonderful time..nothing short of what I expected based upon the excitement on the threads from those who have attended past trips...this was my first ANPAT and I very happy that I went. I was even trying to recruit new members at Eilson...anyone with a Nikon camera was fair game
I called my manager to request this week off as well...just too tired to get back to my normal routine. So normal (whatever that may be, will start on Monday for me)
Yes, Michael. Job well done! I was impressed by your attention to details. It definitely showed in the fact that I don't think anyone that wanted to see something or go somewhere was left behind. Coordinating a group of Nikonians is sometimes like herding a bunch of cats (or lynxes!)
>Yes, Michael. Job well done! I was impressed by your >attention to details. It definitely showed in the fact that I >don't think anyone that wanted to see something or go >somewhere was left behind. Coordinating a group of Nikonians >is sometimes like herding a bunch of cats (or lynxes!) > >Bart Sills > >www.bartsillsphotography.com
Yes you did a great job Michael. I truly enjoyed this trip and your efforts truly showed that you wanted us to have a great time and we did. Thank you.
Sun 20-Sep-09 02:11 PM | edited Sun 20-Sep-09 02:12 PM by david_mathre
I'm probably the last to get home. Something over 9000 miles + the ferry from Bellingham to Haines and 4 weeks for the entire trip to and from ANPAT 9. Due in to work on Monday. Just checked my work e-mail inbox and have something over 1200 messages to deal with -- arrg!! Today I am working on converting the Haines night sky & northern lights images into a video. The wildlife along the Alcan highway in Yukon and British Columbia was almost as good as we saw in Denali.