Tony put together a pretty good summary of the trip. My main difference was I didn't make the Rusty Wessel trip, but I attended the UPG factory tour. I rode in a carpool with Steve Edie (one of the speakers), Phil Benes (past ACA chair) and his wife. Very friendly group of people. We were given a walking tour of the factory by 2 UPG employees. Very large facility consisting of 22 buildings on 25 acres, run off of well water and natural gas (they do not receive public utilities). It was really neat to see tanks being built, and to see thousands of tanks waiting for delivery. Nearly every process is stil performed by hand, with very little automated machinery. The tour guides stated that the process was driven by quality measures as opposed to lack of desire to automate the process. Every tank has a "Built by" sticker and every employee is paid accoring to the work they complete. I didn't really take any pictures, I'm not sure it was even allowed. After about a 90 minute tour, we left the factory for the return trip. We stopped by The Reef LFS, which was also a large sponsor for the ACA. They had a great selection of fish, and were offering discounts to convention attendees. Afterwards we stopped by the Stone Yard, which had 100's of types of rock and stone. Steve picked up 60 pounds of rock for less than $15. We then stopped by a Steak n' Shake for lunch before returning to the hotel. The rest of the trip was well put by Tony. All the talks were interesting and informative, the fish show had great specimens, and there were plenty og great deals on fish and dry goods. Picked up some stuff from Steve and Nancy at South Central Cichlids among a few other vendors. Its not easy to return to work after a long, fun weekend but it had to be done. I had an incredible time with Jon, Jim, Tony, and Christine and can't wait for the next convention. Time to start saving for Denver 2013!