Two other postdocs and I took a Megabus from Madison to Minneapolis. It departed two hours late, the seating was cramped and uncomfortable, and the wi-fi they touted on their homepage was spotty.
I stayed in dorms near the conference center. There was a decent view of the Minneapolis skyline from my window.
Near the conference center were these strange Art Deco towers.
On the penultimate evening of the conference we had a banquet on a Mississippi River cruise. We embarked from St. Paul.
Based on that description, I was expecting a steam-powered paddleboat. But our boat was just a double-decker barge pushed by a tugboat. But we did see some paddleboats on the river.
We were provided with tickets for purchasing beer. Since I don't drink alcohol , I thought I might be able to wait until later in the evening and then sell my tickets. Alas, one of the organizers of the conference had a big stack of tickets in his pocket and he kept going around and giving them away—effectively devaluing my currency. So, I ended up bring my tickets home and dropping them into the recycling bin.
This sign was next to the elevator on my floor of the dorms. The first few times I saw it, I figured that whoever wrote it had left out a word or two. But on the last day I realized that "Please" wasn't a polite expression, it was a command. What was missing from the sign was a suggestion for how all cardboard boxes like to be pleased!
Our Megabus back to Madison picked us up near the Metrodome, where the Minnesota Vikings play. Apparently I was gone long enough for it to affect Lilli because now, during the day, when Leann asks her where I am she says "Minnesota" instead of "at work".
 See http://www.bti.umn.edu/nasnfc/.
 See http://muconf.missouri.edu/nasnfc/.
 See http://16icnf.montana.edu/.
 See my post Move to Wisconsin.
 You can read about another conference I attended, last year, here.
 The N2Africa project aims to help sub-Saharan farmers become self-sufficient. See http://www.n2africa.org/.
 Even more bizarre, they sent me an online survey and this was one of the questions:
What does that have to do with my intercity travel?
 For those who are unsure why Latter-day Saints (Mormons) abstain from alcohol (as well as tea, coffee, tobacco, and illegal drugs), I recommend you visit here and here, where you can learn more about LDS beliefs concerning dietary restrictions. If you have more questions, ask and maybe I'll do a full post on the topic.