Mexico: Opportunities Require Geology

Sometimes, it IS a good idea to mix business with pleasure.

Members of the AAPG Foundation Trustee Associates met for the group’s annual meeting recently at the Barton Creek resort in the foothills of Texas Hill Country in Austin, Texas.

The group has gathered annually since the early 1970s, offering members a chance to enjoy the special kind of camaraderie inspired by their shared love of giving back while providing a chance to explore various areas of the United States.

This year, Chairman Jay Henthorne and his wife, Mary Beth, invited not only the AAPG Foundation Trustees but also members of the SEG Trustee Associates to join the fun.

Highlights this year, in addition to the business matters that are routinely discussed, included:

A talk given by AAPG member Bob Esser, formerly with Cambridge Energy Research Association, titled “U.S. Gas and Oil Markets: The Winter Polar Vortex Alters the Landscape.”

A day-long geologic field trip led by AAPG Honorary member Pete Rose and his colleague, Chock Woodruf, titled “Geology, Frontier History and Wineries of the Hill Country Appellation, Central Texas.”

The tour included stops at three lovely vineyards throughout the Hill Country area for tour-goers to sample the best varietals in the state. The stops focused on the vintner sharing history of the vineyard, as well as information about the geology behind their grape production.

Those along for the ride could track their path with a road-log detailing the geology and historical events along the route.

Several outings exploring historic neighborhoods, the state Capitol Building and the beautiful Umlauf Sculpture Garden.

Barton Creek is quaintly described as a place where “southern charm meets Texas style.” The Trustee Associates and their guests enjoyed catching up with old friends, meeting new ones.

The group’s next meeting will be Sept. 9-12 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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