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Thai XI Reunion 2004

Hello Thai IX - As promised, here is newsletter #2 with updates on our 2004 reunion.     Please respond to this email address with any questions or comments.  There are also other email addresses for making reservations, getting ground transportation, sharing rooms, etc.  We look forward to hearing from all of you and seeing you at Yosemite next fall!!

Thai IX 40th Anniversary Reunion

Yosemite Park: September 17 – 20, 2004

Yosemite, Yes! Thailand, No

Based on the response from Thai IXers, the Reunion Planning Team* has decided to forego Thailand, since only a few were able to go to Bangkok this year. As for Yosemite options, the vast majority of you chose the September 17-20 dates. So please mark your calendars and join the 40-50 people planning to gather in Yosemite!

If you want to come, here’s what to do:

  • Reserve a room at the Yosemite Bug Hostel ASAP

Lee Stetson has secured a limited number of rooms that will be assigned on a first-come basis. Everyone wanting to reserve a room will need to e-mail or call 209/966-6666. (Let her know you are with the Thai IX Group.) You will need to give a credit card # with expiration date, your phone number and the number of people in your party. A two weeks notice for cancellation is required. Any rooms not reserved by August 1st will be released. The rates are $85 for weekends (Friday and Saturday), $65 for weekdays (Sunday), so that’s $235 for the planned time frame. People can extend on either side of the three nights at the weekday rate of $65/night.

  • Get help with ground transportation by contacting Paul Strasburg

Paul Strasburg will help with ground transportation to Yosemite for people who are flying into San Francisco, Oakland, or even Sacramento Airport and want to ride with other Thai IXers. After you make your travel plans, send the details to Paul and he will arrange car-pooling and minivan rental, as appropriate.

Some of you may be driving to Yosemite, not traveling by air, but in any case let Paul know when and how you will arrive. Paul’s email address is For those without e-mail, send your request for ground transportation, along with your travel details, to Paul at Box 7445 in Menlo Park, CA 94026.

If you have suggestions for things for us to do in and around Yosemite, let us know.

Address all general correspondence to (or for, snail mailers, to Carol Radich at 669 Ellis, Lake Oswego, OR 97034).


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

Reunion Overview

September 17 – 20, 2004: Thai IXers will meet in Yosemite for four days and stay at the Bug Hostel for three nights (it’s rustic, comfortable, and bug-free). Lee Stetson, aka John Muir and currently a Supervisor for Mariposa County, will be the host along with the lovely Mrs. Stetson (aka Connie). Picnics, hikes, and plenty of time to relax are all on the agenda.

Cost: Approximately $235 for a 3- night stay in a room that sleeps 2-4 (meals not included). Check the hostel’s website for details on types of rooms: If you are interested in sharing rooms, email (ASAP)

September 17

5-9 pm

Arrive at Bug Hostel after 3pm (see

Informal gathering with no-host bar (beer and wine) and dinner in the Hostel Café’s Tenaya Room.

September 18



Welcome breakfast in Tenaya Room (open for breakfast 7-10am)

Morning at Merced River or the Hostel’s swimming hole

Lunch and dinner at Stetsons’ home in Midpines

September 19

8:00 am


6:30 pm

Breakfast in Hostel Cafe

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

September 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 Ahwanee Hotel

Depart for return home 

For those staying an extra day, you can probably see Lee perform one of his John Muir shows at the Park Visitors Center, where he will be finishing his 22nd season (possible performance on Friday as well).

September 21-?

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

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