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My Trip to Dallas and Whitney

June 19th, 2008 · 10 Comments

As some of you would have realized, from the previous WIS Dallas post, I went to Texas to attend the World Internet Summit. However, some may not realize that after I arrived in Dallas, I spent some time in Whitney with some alpha leaders, Stephen Pierce and his lovely wife Alicia Pierce. I will describe some of the details of my trip below.

I left Brisbane airport on Sunday the 18th May and detoured via Sydney so that I could share a flight with Alpha Leader Jennifer. We arrived in Dallas at night, via Los Angeles, and went to La Quinta Inn via a free shuttle bus.

A photo of La Quinta Inn

La Quinta Inn was a great place to stay and I must thank Gary for organizing it for us. La Quinta provided a wonderful buffet breakfast included in the price and the staff was very friendly.

During the morning we were packing our belongings to go to a log cabin that Alicia had booked for us, when I noticed a tornado chaser van. Being a meteorologist, I was keen to talk to the guy about his tornado ventures. He did not have too much time to talk, but he mentioned that due to the sophisticated equipment in the van that they usually find at least one tornado in a 2-3 week trip. He also mentioned that many Australians go on tour with them.  Go to Tradd Storm Chasing Tours for more information about these tours.

A photo of Bryan Stephens in front of a storm chasing van

Gary drove a hire car to Whitney. Thanks again Gary for organizing that and also for driving. Gary is great for organizing things. He had the assistance of a global navigation system with Sean Connery’s voice (very entertaining listening to instructions from a Scottish voice, “turn right, keep left”). Veit also helped navigate and did a great job, as Sean was not always right. While travelling on the highways I was glad that Gary was driving rather than me. It was so confusing compared to what I am used to back in Australia.

We also noticed the amount of large cars on the road. I guess that people may buy smaller cars in the USA eventually due to rising fuel costs? We had a break on the way to Whitney and I took the photo below of Veit, Evgania, Jennifer and Gary in front of the hire car.

A photo of Veit, Evgania, Jennifer and Gary in front of the hire car.

To get to the cabins we had to stop at a security gate in order to get permission to enter the reserve. Alicia told us later that Stephen and her stayed at one of these cabins before they bought the property that they now live in. The cabin had a queen size bed and 3 single beds upstairs, so it was cozy for us all. There was a golf course nearby too. I found it amusing that on the front door it had a sign saying “in case of tornado”. Apparently tornadoes are quite common, but luckily for us none got too close to us during our stay.

A photo of the log cabin that 5 Alpha Leaders stayed at

A photo of the cabin area with some people playing golf in the background.

During the late morning we drove to Stephen and Alicia’s place. Alicia showed us around the house while Stephen was cooking a BBQ for us. The house was large, well presented and very clean and tidy.  I noticed that the cielings were very high too. Stephen did a great job with the BBQ, and seeing that there were 3 vegetarians out of the 6 Alpha Leaders (Sern Yi stayed at the house), there was plenty for me to eat. It was very nice too.

A photo given to me by Gary showing Alpha Leaders eating next to the BBQ. You can see some of the backyard of Stephen and Alicia's place. Their swimming pool is to the left of the photo.

Stephen Pierce and Alicia Pierce with the alpha leaders in front of their house. Thanks to Ilona for taking the photo and to Gary for giving the photo to me.

During our stay, 3 days, both Stephen and Alicia offered us tips for progressing with our Internet marketing projects. I certainly gained some great insight from them both and I really appreciate their hospitality and assistance. We also got to use the facilities that Stephen uses for DTAlpha Talkback for recording some audio products. Jennifer, in particular, made great use of this. 

On the second day, we all went for a boat cruise on Lake Whitney. Stephen seemed to be very content driving the boat. Some of us went for a swim in the lake. The water was fine. 🙂

We also watched a movie in their cinema.  The cinema had comfortable reclining chairs that had popcorn and drink holders and they vibrated with some of the actions in the movie. There was also a massage chair available for us to use at any time. The Alpha Leaders spent most of their time in the training room.

This is part of the training room where the Alpha's spent most of their time.

The entrance to the cinema at Stephen and Alicia's place.

I was fortunate to meet Alicia’s mother, Ilona. Ilona helps out Alicia and Stephen with their business and she also did much of the cooking for us during our stay. Not only was Ilona a good cook, but I loved her company. Ilona told me that she was born in Guyana and moved to Canada when she was 15. She loves the cricket and I am hoping that she visits me, as promised, in Australia some time so that we can both attend the cricket together.

A photo of Ilona and Bryan Stephens

It was sad to leave, but we had to go to the Sheraton Hotel for our next adventure. That being WIS Dallas. Below is a photo taken by Gary of Sern Yi, Evgania, Veit, Jennifer and me in front of Stephen and Alicia’s place before departing to Dallas.

A photo of the Alpha Leaders in front of Stephen and Alicia's place before leaving to WIS Dallas. Thanks for the photo Gary. 

Tags: Friends · Internet Marketing · Stephen Pierce · Vacations · World Internet Summit

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Veit // Jun 19, 2008 at 7:44 am

    Hi Bryan,

    very nice post! A nice reminder to our trip, which for some reason already appears like ages ago… Maybe that has to do with the fact that Evgania and I are working like crazy since we are back, in order to finish our launch!

    All the best, and thanks for the beautiful memory collection!



  • 2 Alicia Pierce // Jun 19, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    Wow, thanks for sharing. we miss you all

  • 3 Stephen Pierce // Jun 19, 2008 at 3:13 pm


    It was awesome having you all here and we hope you will all be back for a longer experience later this year for WIS Dallas.

    I admire, love and appreciate you all.

    God Bless YOU and YOURS,

    P.S. Veit, congratulations on you and your wife creating an amazing product and creative video for promoting it.

  • 4 Stephen Pierce // Jun 19, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    What’s up man. What an awesome time we had. You’re coming back soon right?

  • 5 Bryan // Jun 19, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Veit, Alicia and Stephen

    I do agree with Stephen with respect to Veit and Evgania’s product and infomercial. Veit is going to tell me when his video is completed so that I can show my girlfriend. I thought that it was very clever.

    I would love to come back soon, but I have to wait and see how my girlfriend feels. She missed me dearly when I left last time.

    I feel that the friendship between the Alpha leaders who attended grew and I would recommend other Alpha Leaders give it a go if they get an opportunity next time.

  • 6 Hot Alpha Female // Jun 20, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Hey Bryan,
    These are some great pictures and it certainly brings back memories.

    Thanks for being a great flight buddy and throughout the whole trip.

    It was definitely a great opportunity to go there and share that experience with Stephen and Alicia and of course the rest of the Alpha Leaders. I would do it again in a heart beat.

    Hope things are going well on your end =)

    Hot Alpha Female

    aka jen

  • 7 John Stephens // Jun 20, 2008 at 6:44 am

    I am glad that everybody had a great time. I am very green with envy as I would dearly have loved to attend myself but circumstances did not permit on this occasion.

  • 8 Bryan // Jun 20, 2008 at 8:38 am

    Great to hear from you Jen. All is well here. I know that you will be jumping at the chance to go again later this year.

    Dad, it would have been great for you to be in Dallas with us all. As you realize, things happen for a reason, and there was a good reason for you to be at home on this occassion.

  • 9 Phoebe // Aug 28, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Wish i was there!!!!

  • 10 Bryan // Aug 28, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Phoebe

    I wish that you were at Texas with us then too. It would have been lovely to have your bubbly personality there.

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