osric wrote:Ok, I'll be there! Depending on flights out of Boston, I'll arrive some time on the 13th.
A few questions I figure lots of us will have:
1. Transportation around Ann Arbor and the venues. Will we need to rent cars? Rent bicycles? Bring our own bikes?
Transportation around Ann Arbor is pretty easy to manage. Ideally, a bike is all you'd need. That is more than enough for getting to all the events around town. If not, there will be rides, and also a bus system, that we can manage to do for free for most events. Walking is also an option.
The farthest two venues (my house to the pool) are only 5 miles away, and the rest of it is much closer (within 2 miles).
2. Lodging -- where and how much? Did I miss the list of options? I'll bring my sleeping bag but won't have camping gear.
Lodging is available in several ways:
I. Free and cheap Lodging
a) Free lodging at Haiwa House, a veg*n (anarchist?) co-op in town. There's space for around 3 to 4 people there.
b) Free lodging at my house, and our common house, and houses of other vegans around town. Those places will have space for about 3 to 4 more people.
c) There are also lots of campgrounds available. Those are a minimal fee, if anything at all. We have tents, but what might be best is to bring your own.
II. Pay lodging.
There are lots of bed and breakfasts as well as Hotels and motels in town. Those should be pretty empty in late August. Those range from as cheap as $40/night to $200/night. That depends on location and amenities.
I can suggest something or you can try and get a deal yourself for those.
There's a lot of information here: http://www.umich.edu/~info/
3. Transfers from the airport. Where is VFW central relative to Detroit airport?
The local airports are the Ann Arbor Airport, which is mostly local, and the Detroit Wayne Metropolitan Airport. DTW is the code for it. DTW is 30 minutes or so from Ann Arbor via highway. Some people do bike it, but I wouldn't suggest it.
Depending on flight schedules, we might be able to arrange a pickup for several VF people if the arrivals are all on a similar schedule. I've got access to a minivan and we could put about 6 folks in it with their luggage, and if need be, we could do several rides.
If you arrange it, you can do a "limo" ride to Ann Arbor for $30 from the airport, and that would work too.
I look forward to having a lot of you here!