2013 was a great year for GSSP. We had four nights of clear skies, and record attendance. The couple of changes we had to make (new shower truck provider and new venue for the Big Valley Fundraiser) worked out well.
GSSP values the input of its attendees and we appreciate all the feedback we've received. As we are committed to improving the event, we made some significant changes in recent years that will be carried forward into the future.
As in prior years, we are capping GSSP attendance at 400 people. This means facilities will be rented and serviced for 400 people. Camping space will also be apportioned for 400 people. For those who do not wish to pre-register, you will be taking your chances. However, you will be able to check the web site before and during GSSP to find information on how many slots are still available. Please understand there will be NO guarantees at the gate for last minute attendees. The easiest way to plan your GSSP trip and to help GSSP plan for your trip, is to pre-register.
This year we are making changes to the layout of the event. Many people complained about dust from the road blowing into the observing area. In 2014, we will reverse the roads, and have auto traffic on the east side of the field rather than the west. Similarly, we will move the hospitality tent to the west side of the field. RV parking will remain where it was.
RVs will have the south and south-west areas available, but starting halfway down the field we will have car and tent camping only. When you arrive with your RV, a GSSP volunteer will assist you in finding a location and orienting the vehicle. Of course, this is all easier to see than read. So please stay tuned for when we post our current site diagram.
Again, we will ask all registrants to let us know if they intend to bring dogs. Those attendees who are bringing a dog will receive an email or letter re-stating the rules related to pets (namely leash, cleanup, and noise control). The letter will state the consequences of not following these rules and the document will need to be signed and turned in at the gate. Since we instituted our policy all our dog owners and dogs have been awesome! This policy seems to work and we're happy to invite your well behaved pets.
We all thank you for your continued participation in GSSP and hope you have a great time. Please feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions.