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Thai IX 40th Anniversary Reunion

We Celebrate at Yosemite: September 17 – 20, 2004

The reunion is now less than two months away!

Current List of Attendees: Thai IX’rs who have already confirmed are: Carol Apacki, Pat Archibald, Bonnie Britton, Henry Dahlberg, Cal Ellis, Matt Franjola, Myrna Gallagher, Vanessa Jalet, Barbara (& Dick?) Letvin, Steve & Kathy McKnight, Mike MacLeod, Carol Radich, Judy Sampson, Susan Simon, Gary Smith, Lee Stetson, Hope Stevens, Paul Strasburg, Ann Taylor, Nelson Tecroney, and Dave Ziegenhagen

This newsletter gives final details, a map to the Bug Hostel, and contact information. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, we hope to hear from you. There is still room at the Bug Hostel.

Please let us know right away if you:


If you haven’t made reservations at the Bug Hostel yet, we urge you to make them by August 1st before the reserved, non-requested rooms are released.


Reunion Details

Accommodations: Caroline at the Bug Hostel still has one more private room with shared bath as well as a six-bed dormitory room with private bath that costs $16 per bed per night. She offered to discount the cost by one bed and let four people stay there. There are also tent cabins and dorm spaces available. If you can't get a reservation, contact Lee (209/742-4663 or, and he'll either break another room loose at the Bug Hostel or refer you to other hotels/motels in the area.

To reserve a room, send an e-mail to or call 209 966-6666. Tell her you are with the Thai IX group. You will need to give a credit card # with expiration date, phone number, and the number in your party. There’s a two-week notice for cancellation. (Remember, any rooms not reserved by August 1st will be released.) The discounted rates are $85 for weekends (Fri. and Sat.), $65 for weekdays (Sun.), so that’s $235 for the planned timeframe. You can extend on either side of the three nights at the weekday rate of $65/night.

Transportation: Paul Strasburg will try to arrange car-pooling or van rental for anyone who needs it. If you are driving and can help with carpooling, call Paul at 650/854-7743 or send an email to After August 7, Paul will be out of town, but Bonnie Britton is his backup and can be reached at


Reunion Schedule


Friday 9/17

3-9 pm

Arrive at Bug Hostel after 3pm. See

Judy Sampson will be the official greeter at the Bug Hostel. Look for her after 3:00 pm (check-in time) at the Hostel Café’s Tenaya Room near the main office. You’ll find TGIF snacks and refreshments there, including beer and wine at the Café, where dinner is also served 6-9 pm.


Saturday 9/18

--Welcome breakfast in Tenaya Room (open for breakfast 7-10a.m.)

--Morning at Merced River or the Hostel’s swimming hole

--Afternoon and dinner at Stetsons’ home in Midpines. The catered dinner for Lee’s party will cost $25 per person. Please have cash on hand for Judy and Bonnie to collect. (RSVP to so we can get the count for dinner)

Lee will be brandishing the talking stick after dinner. He reports, "Yes, I have the talking stick stashed in the garage. It's been remarkably uncommunicative, but then it hasn't been talked to for nearly five years."

Sunday 9/19

8:00 am


6:30 pm

--Breakfast in Hostel Café

--Depart for Yosemite Park (1-hour ride followed by highlights tour)

--Picnic lunch in the great outdoors followed by a stroll with John Muir

--Dinner at Yosemite Lodge

Monday 9/20

8:00 am

11:30 am

2 pm

8 pm

--Breakfast in Hostel Café

--Depart for Yosemite Park (1-hour ride followed by another stroll)

--Lunch at the magnificent, award-winning Ahwahnee Hotel - the crown-jewel of Yosemite dining!! (RSVP to

--Depart for return home 

For those staying an extra day, you can see Lee perform his "Spirit of John Muir" show at the Park Visitors Center (he’s performing another Muir show on Friday at 8 pm as well).

Tuesday 9/21

Any other ideas for group activities? Please let us know.

Reunion Planning Committee: Gary Smith, Paul Strasburg, Mike MacLeod, Lee Stetson, Carol Radich, Judy Sampson, Carol Apacki, and Bonnie Britton

Please send any comments or questions you might have to thainine@hotmailcom

Or you can call us. (See our phone numbers on the next page.)


See you at Yosemite!


The Yosemite Bug Lodge & Hostel 6979 Highway 140, Midpines, CA 95345 Telephone (209) 966-6666 (for map and driving directions)

Contact phone numbers:

Carol A (740) 587-2176

Carol R (503) 636-8703 cell: (503) 329-7927

Bonnie (650) 593-9319

Lee (209) 742-4663

Paul (650) 854-7743 (CA)

(413) 238-4208 (MA)

Mike (206) 542-1071

Judy (530) 878-6948 cell: (530) 368-1401

Gary (425) 885-1250 cell: (425) 765-2876

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