To the guys from up north, sorry. Last year I tried to accommodate as many people as possible by finding a spot as close to 'dead center' between Seattle and Portland, with an easy jump off the freeway. I think that was accomplished, but we maxed out the occupancy of that room and I figured we would exceed that this year. On top of that, this year we are getting people flying in (which is not cheap) from all over the country. So between the need for a larger place, and to lessen the burden of those really long distance travellers, I had to move the venue.
This years location is so much better anyway as it'll accommodate more people, has more plug-ins and tables, but is still fairly easy to get to from the freeway. Even though it's 38 miles further south than last year, that's only about an extra 1/2 hour. Now I have to tell you, this year is going to be so much better than last year, so what's an extra 1/2 hour when you can so much fun?