I am surprised that you haven't had a response to this posting. It's a shame I can't free myself up or I'd absolutely LOVE to join in! Even if Russ wasn't a great guy, which you say he is. Somehow though, my dh might have a hard time wrapping his head around me travelling w/ 3 other "strangers" IRL. And the whole having to take care of our kids on his own wouldn't be too much fun either. Aaaah, but I can dream of your fabulous time. I hope someone else sees this soon b/c it sounds like a dream!
Best of luck!