|GEMS Research Site (Butler et al. 2000)|
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Summit in Lawrence, Kansas
On today's date in 1969, Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first man to walk on the moon. Forty-two years later, July 20th marks another red-letter day with the conclusion of the 1st Lawrence Summit hosted by Jim Butler and attended by Dan Kelleher and myself. The summit met its primary goal of laying the groundwork for future aquifer testing short courses around the world.
Unforgettable moments during the visit included a tour of the venerable Kansas Geological Survey and its GEMS research site, a view of the Allen Field House from Jim's bleacher seats ("Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk!") and a reverential pilgrimage to the James Naismith ("Inventor of Basketball") Memorial. Without question, though, the unsurpassed highlight of the summit was the delightful sushi dinner served to perfection by Jim's daughter, Mai. Many thanks to Jim and wife Yun for their warm hospitality throughout the Lawrence Summit!