14 days ago, at about 5:00pm, we put the bow on the 2017 Oilapalooza. After two full days of networking, learning, and fun, we packed up our gear and waved goodbye to the many spill responders, agency representatives, and topic specialists who took time out of their busy lives to gather together for this event.
It’s always a bittersweet time, coming down from the social high of being among such intelligent and passionate people. Of course, the management team’s work isn’t done, but we have time for a bit of cake, champagne, and camaraderie.
After the packing and travel and a tiny bit of sleep, we start to collect our thoughts, put away our equipment, upload our photos, and dive through the participant feedback we received during the event.
The Management Team’s final task was a hotwash, which we held this morning. Now we can close the book on the 2017 event and open the one for 2019 (not really, I’ll give everyone a couple days to regroup!). But before we all move on to other projects, let’s take a moment to reflect on a good times with the extraordinary group of people that make up the oiled wildlife response world, especially those who happened to be able to join us in Monterey two weeks ago. I had a blast and I hope you all did too.