The people one meets at these events are really the whole point: deepening relationships with those you already know, and striking new friendships. I feel lucky whenever I go back to teach a group more than once, because I love to get to know my students. In this case, I felt closer to the inhabitants of Cordova, and I met new people too! So often I never have a chance to mingle when I am off teaching. I see the airport, the hotel, and the classroom, period. I could be in Wichita or Manhattan. I was very grateful that Dotty allowed us teachers time off to explore, to rest, and to deepen connections.
One way she facilitated that was to have a potluck and everyone from the event was invited. Two boxes of salmon were grilled to perfection! And a good time was had by all!