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Holiday Discounts Extended to January 1st!

Our holiday early registration discounts have been extended to January 1st!  

Whether you have been doing photography for years or are just starting out, I have a class for you!

Check Out All the Great Photography Learning Opportunities Starting Soon!

I especially want to highlight this class that is relevant to every photographer regardless to the type of camera you use, smartphone to DSLR’s.  You will SAVE $50 if you register by January 1st!

Finding Your Way – A Photography Workshop for Everyone

Explore YOUR unique artistic expression through photography. Photographers at ALL experience levels can benefit from this class!

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” ~ Edward de Bono

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you! Whatever this day means to you, I hope you have a wonderful day.

I am grateful to all of you who have participated in my various photography classes and workshops and destination trips over the many years.  I am blessed to know you all.

Note I have several great classes coming up with Early Registration Discounts that End Today (12/25)!

Check out my upcoming class lineup here: CLICK HERE

The Best Photographic Gift You Could Give Yourself

Workshop options and lodging options are filling up for our 2020 Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop.   Some options are already sold out.

Early Registration Discounts End Soon, Saving You UP TO $400!
Join us on this fabulous photographic adventure in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park of Colorado.

Participant Comment: “The Rocky Mountain Summer Photography Workshop was an amazing experience! The success of the workshop begins with the organization and preparation of the instructor. Kevin and Gail were superbly organized and prepared! It was a treat to be lead to the best spots at the optimum time of the day to photograph the spectacular beauty and wildlife in the park. They demonstrated great flexibility and adaptability in meeting the needs of the group with the ever changing clouds, weather, and wildlife. It was also an incredible learning experience having a photography professional available to coach and instruct on the best methods for creatively composing a scene, capturing stunning images, and the correct use of a wide range of photographic equipment. Not only can I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop, but I’m already scheduled for a Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop with Kevin!”

 

 

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Add a Photography Workshop to Santa’s List

We have so many great photography learning opportunities for you in 2020!  Make sure you tell Santa (and that he signs you up by December 25th) to get great discounts!

YES any of these class options can be given as a gift to someone else (or YOU)!

  • Finding Your Way – Photography Workshop
    Saturday Feb 1st, 2020 9am – 6pm
    Whether you are just starting out in photography or you have years of experience, this class will meet you where you are and help you find new directions to head to discover your unique artistic expression in photography!
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS CLASS FOR ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS!
    Register by December 25th and SAVE $50!
  • “A workshop you can’t afford to miss!” – Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop
    NOW is the time to be registering for Summer or Fall 2020.
    Some options are already sold out!
    Register early and save up to $400!
     
  • Photography 101 – Fundamentals of Great Photography
    Tuesday Daytime Classes Begin January 21, 2020 10am-Noon(ish)
    Tuesday Evening Classes Begin January 21, 2020 7pm-9:10pm
    Start your photography learning with this class!
    Register by December 25th and SAVE $50!
     
  • Photographers Weekend Boot Camp
    Learn the important fundamentals of photography in one weekend!
    All day Saturday + Sunday afternoon
    Register by December 25th and SAVE $40!
     
  • Light & Photography Workshop
    Weekday Daytime Class Wed/Thurs January 29+30, 2020 9am-5pm
    Highly recommended for anyone serious about wanting to improve their photography!
    This course is a comprehensive look at light in its various forms, both natural and artificial and we look at the many ways we photographers can control and manipulate light to create great photographs! If you have taken Photography 101 or our Photographers Weekend Boot Camp, this is great next step!
    Register by December 25th and SAVE $70!
     
  • Adobe Lightroom Classic CC Weekend Workshop
    Weekend Workshop Feb 8-9, 2020
    Learn Adobe Lightroom Classic! This is an excellent program for helping photographers organize and create outstanding photographs!
    Register by January 1st and SAVE $$!
     
  • Adobe Photoshop CC for Photographers Weekend Workshop
    Saturday/Sunday February 22-23, 2020
    Learn this essential powerful tool for editing photographs.
    Very hands-on learning in a small class environment.
    Register by January 1st and SAVE $50!
     
  • Texas Bird Photography Ranch Workshop
    Weekend Class Friday-Sunday March 13-15, 2020 
    ONLY ONE SPACE LEFT!

    Sharpen your photography skills in bird photography at a fantastic wildlife ranch.
     
  • Photographers Spring 3-Day Weekend Getaway
    in the Beautiful Texas Hill Country

    April 16-19, 2020
    Join us for this fun 3-day weekend photography retreat
    !
    SOLD OUT (But let me know ASAP if you’d like me to add another option!! I might be able to do that.)
     
  • Private Instruction
    Focused on your specific needs and your schedule!
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“A workshop you can’t afford to miss” – Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop

2020 is quickly approaching and we have the perfect opportunity for anyone who loves nature and loves photography.

Join us for our Summer or Fall 2020 Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops by Kevin Gourley. 

Some options are already sold out.  Don’t wait any longer to register!   It is better to register early to reserve your spot in the workshop since space is limited, AND you have more choices for room selection (lodging fills up early)!

We have had participants come back to repeat the workshop 2, 3, even 4 times, it is so much fun!

“This is a workshop you can’t afford to miss! I came to the workshop with a goal of never using Auto settings again… I achieved that and more. Kevin is such a great teacher and is able to work with photographers of all levels. He made everyone comfortable, I am from Virginia and did not know anyone in the group (as were several others) by the end of the work shop I had made a group of new friends! We were able to get so many landscape and wildlife pictures. The whole experience was amazing. I’m ready to sign up for the next workshop! Thank you Kevin”

[ Click here to learn more or to register ]

About the Experience

  • 4-day and 9-day options (some are already sold out!!)
  • We stay at a lodge just 2 miles outside Rocky Mountain National park.
    • Fall River flows right through the property.
    • Wildlife often stroll among the lodge and cabins
  • BONUS: You can bring a non-photographer spouse/partner along for no additional charge, and they can go on all the adventures with us!
  • You will have wonderful photography opportunities for:
    • Stunning mountain landscapes
    • Abundant wildlife
      (elk, moose, marmots, pika, big horn sheep, coyote, bears, birds, and more)
    • Wildflowers (Summer)
    • Golden Aspen (Fall)
    • Waterfalls and cascades
    • Rivers and Lakes
    • Sunrises
    • Night sky / milky way (depending on the time of year and weather)
  • Consider this an adventure, not just a workshop. 
  • Truly memorable experiences.
  • Enjoy the camaraderie of other photographers and make new friendships
  • Experience Rocky Mountain National Park in ways the vast majority of vacationers often miss. This park is truly a national treasure.
  • Enjoy a complimentary burger cookout on the banks of Fall River
  • Kevin shares his years of experience in photography and knowledge of this magnificent park to ensure you have a great experience.
  • No doubt, you will have fun.
  • We have an early registration discount in effect that can save you up to $400! (But you need to register soon!)

[ Click here to learn more or to register ]

If you have any questions, just contact Kevin () .  If there are any reasons you are hesitating to sign up, just talk to Kevin.  We really want this to be an outstanding experience for you and we want you to be with us to join in the fun.

Don’t just trust our word on how great this experience is! 
Scroll past the photos below, and read what previous participants have said about the workshop.

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Participant Comments: 

    • “The Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop turned out to be the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Rockies while learning with a small group of incredible photographers. I learned every day both from Kevin and other photographers in the small group. I cannot imagine a better opportunity than this workshop for photographers who love nature and want to hone their skills.”
    • “Kevin guided us to a variety of great photographic places when the lighting was ideal. We were able to photograph beautiful lake and mountain sunrises, a lot of wildlife including moose and many herds of elk. Kevin knew when to be at different areas when there were the best chances to see wildlife. Thanks Kevin for a great trip.”
    • “Kevin is an excellent workshop leader. He takes you to the best spots at the right time and gets you set up to get your best photos. Highly recommend.”
    • “The workshop was outstanding because we had total access to Kevin and Gail’s knowledge and experience in photography. We were presented with multiple shooting locations and lighting situations from which to learn. Kevin was always available to provide advice and help resolve any problems with camera settings or answer questions. The availability of daily photo reviews permitted one to make any adjustments to shooting techniques before the next day. This was the most hands-on learning experience I have had and I look forward to more with Kevin.”
    • “This workshop provided a broad depth of experiences in the RMNP because Kevin is so knowledgeable about the area and about the best way to photograph it. I really appreciated the care given to maximize each student’s experience, no matter their skill level. I will definitely consider taking other trips with Kevin and Gail.”
    • “Could not be happier with how the workshop turned out. Everyone involved was so nice and easy to get along with. Kevin was an excellent teacher – patient, explained well, relaxed and never felt rushed or that I may be holding others back. It was very rewarding and would highly recommend Kevin’s workshops!!”
    • “Kevin is a natural-born teacher and superbly facilitated the group while providing one-on-one attention. I learned a lot without feeling overwhelmed with technical details and had fun in the process. I highly recommend this workshop!”
    • “This exceeded all my expectations!”
    • “The natural beauty of RMNP was enhanced by Kevin’s knowledge of the park and locations that were custom picked for great photographic shots. Kevin’s calm, patient and knowledgeable teaching style meant that everyone, at whatever level they were at, felt comfortable asking questions, making mistakes, learning from them and then getting immeasurably better pictures as a result. The improvement in my photography from Day 1 to Day 4 was unbelievable. I came thinking the auto settings on my camera really took better pictures than I did, and I left seeing and believing that the pictures I now understood how to take were vastly superior to anything the camera could capture in auto mode. It was a 5 star experience from beginning to end.
    • “This is a workshop you can’t afford to miss! I came to the workshop with a goal of never using Auto settings again… I achieved that and more. Kevin is such a great teacher and is able to work with photographers of all levels. He made everyone comfortable, I am from Virginia and did not know anyone in the group (as were several others) by the end of the work shop I had made a group of new friends! We were able to get so many landscape and wildlife pictures. The whole experience was amazing. I’m ready to sign up for the next workshop! Thank you Kevin” – Barb

  • “The Rocky Mountain Summer Photography Workshop was an amazing experience! The success of the workshop begins with the organization and preparation of the instructor. Kevin and Gail were superbly organized and prepared! It was a treat to be lead to the best spots at the optimum time of the day to photograph the spectacular beauty and wildlife in the park. They demonstrated great flexibility and adaptability in meeting the needs of the group with the ever changing clouds, weather, and wildlife. It was also an incredible learning experience having a photography professional available to coach and instruct on the best methods for creatively composing a scene, capturing stunning images, and the correct use of a wide range of photographic equipment. Not only can I wholeheartedly recommend this workshop, but I’m already scheduled for a Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop with Kevin!”
  • “Thanks for another spectacularly successful workshop in Rocky Mountain National Park! The conditions were even more challenging than last Summer, yet everything progressed flawlessly. We were at the right place at the right time to capture some incredible images. Thanks for everything!”

[ Click here to learn more or to register ]

 

If you have any questions, just contact Kevin () .  If there are any reasons you are hesitating to sign up, just talk to Kevin.  We really want this to be an outstanding experience for you and we want you to be with us to join in the fun.

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Photography Workshop Special Offer!

Photographers Spring 3-Day Weekend Getaway
April 16-19, 2020

Sorry, this is SOLD OUT!  Let us know if you’d like us to add another session this Spring!

Join us for this fun 3-day weekend photography retreat in the beautiful Texas Hill Country!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RETREAT!

The “Black Friday” special has ended, but you can still sign up for this retreat weekend and save $50 if you register early!

More Info About the Photographers Spring 3-Day Weekend Getaway:

  • At beautiful Mo Ranch Retreat Center in the Texas Hill Country
  • A fun 3-day weekend of photographing on this beautiful 500 acre ranch
  • Arrive on a Thursday evening, depart on Sunday
  • It’s a photographer’s paradise on the North Fork of the Guadalupe River with hiking trails and habitats including aquatic, riparian areas, grasslands, oak-juniper woodlands and limestone hills
  • Don’t think of it as a workshop.  Think of this as a fun photographers “retreat” to get away and just have fun exploring with other photographers.
  • This place is beautiful and a perfect location to retreat from daily life.
  • We’ll do a “photographers’ scavenger hunt” to put everyone on a search to photograph specific things
  • Mo Ranch offers lodging in motel-style rooms with two full-size beds and a full bath
  • Shared dining in their dining hall offering a wide variety of savory and fresh buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner options, prepared daily by their culinary staff who use only the freshest ingredients
  • Explore the fascinating architecture of the many buildings and old chapel on the ranch
  • Participants can capture images of wildlife and birds throughout the property and along the river
  • The wildflowers at Mo-Ranch and the nearby Hill Country habitat include Bluebonnets, Wine Cups, Indian Paintbrushes, Indian Blanket, Antelope Horn Milkweed, Milk Vetch, Spiderwort, Texas Lantana, Drummond’s Phlox, Texas Groundsel, Texas Vervain, White Prickly Poppies, Pink Evening Primrose and many, many more
  • Weather permitting, we will also try to capture some beautiful sunrise photos and for those willing to stay up late, we’ll show you how to create great images of the beautiful night sky and Milky Way
  • Let’s have some fun with outdoor “light painting” techniques also!
  • Try out some HDR photography techniques, if you want to learn that
  • Attend/take the workshop with a photographer friend and you can share a room to reduce costs
  • Bring along a non-photographer spouse/partner on the trip, and only pay a nominal added fee

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE RETREAT!

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Want Better Photos? These Classes Can Help!

If you are wanting to improve your photography, it is sometimes hard to decide what classes to take, and which ones to take first!  

Maybe this will help:
*** Note: Early Registration Discounts End soon! ***

  1. START HERE – Be Creative!
    If you don’t know what to do next to advance your photography and your creativity, I suggest you start with this fantastic class.  Some people have even said they didn’t fully realize just how much they needed this class until after they took it!  I sincerely urge you to consider this class, regardless of your current skill level, whether you are just starting out, or are a seasoned photographer!

    • Finding Your Way – Photography Workshop
      Daytime Class Tues/Thurs Nov 12-21, 2019 10am-Noon
      Participants in this workshop are saying: Great inspiration and offerings to stretch my thinking …” — “a rousing, creative program that really enabled me to visualize a host of new directions for me move that will give me more joy in my photography” — “He helped me ‘take my blinders off.’ Now it’s apparent that there is a universe of new ways to help make my photos more meaningful TO ME!” — “I like the stimulation to get out of my photographic rut(s)” — “I have been on a number of workshops with Kevin, which were all amazing, but this was exceptionally different.”
      Register by Oct 22nd and SAVE $50!

     

  2. THE FUNDAMENTALS
    Every photographer needs to have a firm understanding of the fundamentals of photography!  The better you know the fundamentals, the more creative control you will have in all of your photography!

    • Photography 101 – Fundamentals of Great Photography
      Daytime Class Mon/Tues/Wed Oct 14-23, 2019 10am-Noon
      Evening Class Tues/Wed/Thurs Oct 15-24, 2019 7pm-9:10pm
      Start your photography learning with this class!
      Morning and evening classes beginning in October!
      Register by Oct 1st and SAVE $30!
    • Photography Beyond the Basics – Mastering the Fundamentals
      After taking Photography 101 or my Photographers Weekend Boot Camp, this is a good next-step to further grow in your photographic/camera knowledge and skills!
      Afternoon weekday classes in November!
      Register by Oct 1st and SAVE $50! 
  3. HAVE FUN
    If you understand the fundamentals, this class will open the door to some fun creativity!   So many people agree, this class is a blast!

    • Photography Painting with Light
      Evening Class Wed/Thurs Nov 20-21, 2019 6:30pm
      The most fun photography class you’ll ever take!
      Register by Oct 20th and SAVE $30! 
  4. LIGHT – THE KEY INGREDIENT IN EVERY PHOTOGRAPH!
    Once you understand the fundamentals, you will benefit tremendously by becoming a student of LIGHT. This class will help!   Does flash photography frustrate you?  You need this class!

    • Light & Photography Workshop
      Weekday Daytime Class Mon/Tues Nov 4-5, 2019 9am-5pm
      Weekend Class Sat/Sun Nov 16-17, 2019 9am-5pm 1 Space Available!
      Highly recommended for anyone serious about wanting to improve their photography!
      This course is a comprehensive look at light in its various forms, both natural and artificial and we look at the many ways we photographers can control and manipulate light to create great photographs! If you have taken Photography 101 or our Photographers Weekend Boot Camp, this is great next step!
      Register by Oct 1st and SAVE $70! 
  5. LOOKING AHEAD TO 2020
    Join us for fun photographic adventures in Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado!   This is an excellent way to put all of your photography knowledge into practice in a gorgeous national park!

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We Had a Great Time! Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshop

We had a great time!  So many wonderful photo opportunities: landscapes, waterfalls, wildlife, sunrises. Combine that with the fellowship of a fun group of photographers, this was another fantastic photographic adventure for us all.

Note our 2020 Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops are open for registration and SOME OPTIONS ARE ALREADY SOLD OUT!  Register soon and save up to $400!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE AND TO REGISTER

Kevin Gourley

Here are a few photos from our Fall workshop:

 

 

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So this huge bull elk, stood in the road…

What do you do when a huge bull elk stands in the road, on your only way up a mountain in Rocky Mountain National Park?  (Oh, and by the way, the car that did try to pass was attacked.)

What you do is wait. You put your car in park and wait… and take photos!

We are in Estes Park Colorado for our Rocky Mountain Fall Photography Workshops!  Gail and I come up a couple of days early to scope out the area, check water flow levels in the rivers, look for wildlife, check on the status of the coming Fall colors.  Here are a few pre-workshop photos I took over the past couple of days.

It’s mating season up here, and you’ll see the male elk gathering females into their individual ‘harems.’  And the males exercise their “manhood” around other males, to get them to keep their distance.

Big bull elk in the upper elevations, at 11,000 feet.

Magpies taking flight in Moraine Park

The Fall colors are just barely starting to “turn” in the park.  You have to know where to look to find them!  The colors will continue to turn over the next couple of weeks.  

We had a close encounter with this big fella.  In fact we were out looking for him, but he found us first!  He was upon us before we even saw him, so we moved to a safe distance quickly and cautiously.  This is not his best angle, but you can at least appreciate the size if this bull moose. Bull moose can weigh as much as 1500 pounds! 

Looking forward to leading our 2019 Fall Workshops over this next week!  Our 2019 Rocky Mountain Workshops have been sold out for months!  Registration is now open for 2020!  Note that our 2020 workshops are already half full with some options already sold out! So, now is the time to register, while also taking advantage of early registration discounts that can save you up to $400!

Happy Picture Taking!

Kevin Gourley

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Reason to Think About Summer 2020 NOW!

Yes indeed there are reasons to be thinking about Summer 2020 NOW!

Our 2020 Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops are now open for registration!  All 2019 options for Summer and Fall have been sold out for months.  Now is actually the time to be thinking about 2020!  In fact our 2020 workshop options are already almost half full, and some options are already sold out!  So don’t wait until it’s too late!

Summer and Fall are both fantastic times to join us in Rocky Mountain National Park on our fun workshops.  In this blog post, I just wanted to mention some of the reasons to consider the 2020 Summer options.

  • IF YOU REGISTER EARLY YOU CAN SAVE UP TO $400!
  • Before all options fill up, you could plan the trip where several of your photographer friends all join you.  It is an especially fun group experience!
  • The weather is spectacular in the Summer!  
  • Planning ahead ensures you get the best options for the workshop date choices and lodging options. (Remember this is also a popular vacation spot.)
  • Wildflowers!  Popping up everywhere, lots of wildflowers and grass is green as the park awakens from its snowy Spring.
  • Wildlife are up in the higher elevations and you can get some great shots in the early morning light.
  • We have a lot of experience in going to the right places at the right times of day to get the best light for photography and increase the chances of encountering wildlife.   Also, we tend to find more moose in the Summer. We see them in the Fall, but even more in the Summer. We’ll also see elk, deer, marmots, pika, chipmunks, squirrels, possibly big horn sheep, a variety of birds, and although less likely, you might see a bobcat, or coyote, or bear!
  • Waterfalls and cascades will be flowing more heavily in the Summer due to the snow melting in the mountains.
  • All roads are likely to be open because there is less chance of having an early snowfall in July, and roads have been cleared of any remaining snow from the late Spring.
  • Sunrise happens early in the Summer, and we go out very early (before sunrise).  Now you might not think getting up early sounds all that enticing, but hey you can take a nap in the afternoon.  By getting out really early, the lighting is gorgeous, the wildlife are out, and we almost have the whole park to ourselves while the crowd of vacationers are still asleep in their cabins back in Estes Park.  Also it is typical to have rains come over the mountains in the early afternoon. We are back to the cabins by the time the vacationers start crowding into the park AND before the rains happen.  This is one very attractive feature of the Summer workshop simply because sunrise happens so early.  Believe me, this is a REAL benefit!  You’ll see what I mean!

Here are some photos from our previous Summer workshops in Rocky Mountain National Park:

 

Yes,this is in July!

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Ready to Embark on Our Fall Rocky Mountain Photography Workshop!

We’ll be heading off to Colorado next week for our Fall Rocky Mountain Photography Workshops!

I am really looking forward to meeting up with all our great participants for our Fall adventures! We’ll be photographing landscapes, waterfalls, beautiful Aspen as they turn yellow/gold/orange, and wildlife. 

What makes this an “adventure” is always just the unpredictability of the weather and wildlife and nature.  I know we’ll find wildlife, but can’t say where until we are there!  I know the places and times that will give us the highest likelihood of great wildlife shots, but we won’t know what we’ll get until we get it. This element of unpredictability actually makes the whole experience that much more fun!

Each year, Gail and I head up early and check out various waterfalls, just to see their current condition, looking at water flow levels, whether there has been any major impact to the falls from heavy water flow during the Summer, or a random tree that might have been pushed over the top of the waterfall, etc.  Again, it’s that unpredictability that makes this an exciting adventure.

And then there are the aspen. Each year the colors are a bit different, and the exact time when they “turn color” in various areas is a little different each year. So, we go out before the workshop starts and check out the various areas that are the most productive locales for great aspen shots, and plan the trip around that.

Finally, there is the weather. That’s the big unpredictable factor. We plan this trip more than a year in advance, with absolutely no way of knowing what the weather conditions will be a year later. I know the general weather patterns of the area in this time of year (I was a bit of a weather /meteorology nerd in my younger years). I know generally what we might encounter, but we won’t really know what we’ll be dealing with until we get there.

I plan the activities of our workshop totally around the weather conditions.  Our prime concern is safety, and mountain weather must be respected.  It is a powerful force.  Weather is also a wonderful factor that totally impacts the images we create, so we’ll plan our endeavors around what will likely produce the best images, based on the clouds, sky, rain, sun angle, (snow?).  Whatever we get, we get. We make the best of it.

Ultimately, this whole trip is more than just about photography.  The experience in this incredible national treasure called Rocky Mountain National Park is always remarkable. The camaraderie and friendships developed as we all experience this together is a part of what makes our trips especially memorable.  As I often say, “we go as photographers, we come back as friends” and that really is true.

In the many years we have been doing this, we have made great friends, and have so many wonderful memories.

I’ll try to post some photos while we are up there over the next few weeks, as I find time (but I will be pretty busy). 🙂

If you have an interest in joining us in 2020 (2019 has been totally sold out for months), go to our web page and read more about it!

We have early registration discounts in effect right now that can save you up to $400!  We just opened registration to the general public a few days ago and we already have 5 people registered, and 3 more who have been talking with me about signing up.

If you have any questions about the trip, don’t hesitate to ask!  

Kevin Gourley

P.S. Here are a few photos from previous trips…

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