Saturday, February 29, 2020

Randy's RootsTech Recap - Day 1 (Wednesday)

Day 1 at RootsTech 2020 dawned for me in Chula Vista.  I left for the airport at 11 a.m., met daughter Lori at the airport baggage claim to tell her where the car was in the very full airport parking lot, and after going through a very thorough TSA patdown inspection (because I moved during the full body scan), I boarded the plane to Salt Lake City which left at 2:05 p.m.

After arrival at Salt Lake City at 4:55 p.m., I had to wait an hour for the Express Shuttle to the hotel.  So I had a deli sandwich at the airport for dinner.  The Express driver finally got me there, through Vivint arena traffic, at 6:30 a.m.  I checked in, dumped my bag, and walked the 6 blocks to the Salt Palace around 7 p.m.

The conference center was awash in young people, mainly 7 to 15, who were there as part of their youth groups to learn more about family history.  Some people said their were 20,000 of them.    It was loud and crowded, but I managed to see the layout of the Expo Hall and found the Media Hub.  Managed to find Cousin Russ, DearMyrtle and Gordon Erickson at the Family Tree Maker booth.

The place closed down at 8 p.m. and Gordon and Pat dropped me off at the hotel.  I set up my laptop, read email and blogs, and added to the RootsTech blog compendium and tried to go to sleep.  Failure...until midnight.

Thursday was going to be my official start at RootsTech.


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