Genealogy in the Woods 2011
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Sky Ranch at Cave Springs
October 29 & 30, 2011
Same Venue as 2003, 2005 & 2007!

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Packing Ideas

Attendees will be staying family-style in the ranch house, where meals and instruction are also given. The two story house is climate-controlled, with stairs on the interior and ground level doors on both floors outside. Because we are self contained, the weather may only be a problem for loading and unloading, as well as any walks, etc. you choose to take.  Those that are native to the area know that middle to late October, almost any weather can strike.  From Indian Summer, to wind and rain, to sunny and cool.

If the attendee utilizes a walker, chair, or motorized cart/chair due to health, such items should be addressed before arrival.

Ask about couples accommodations - limited.

Below are some general suggestions.  It should by no means be taken as a "master list".

Linens:  The ranch house provides basic linens and towels. This doesn't include maid service, or fresh sheets daily. If you would feel more comfortable with your own, feel free to bring them. Typical additions to your bag may include pillow, pillowcase, comforter, wash cloth, and hand/bath towels, etc.

Clothing:  Wear comfortable clothes - this is a retreat, not fashion week.  If you feel comfy in sweats, skirts, jeans, slacks, etc. - pack them! Because one may be in and out of buildings, some may think layers are a good idea, where others tend to plan for the inside and just have heavy outerwear. Some additional ideas: hat/cap, jacket/sweater/coat, raincoat/poncho, rain shoes/boots, pajamas, house shoes.  Past attendees liked the temperatures inside, while others felt it too warm and still others felt cold.  Bring clothes accordingly.

Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, deodorant, hairbrush/comb, hygiene items, lip balm, personal mirror, nail file/clippers/tweezers, razor, shampoo/conditioner/additional products, soap, sunglasses, glasses cleaner, contact lenses/solution. 

Lawn Chair: Even "comfy" seating doesn't always agree with our backs or joints for a full day of sitting.  Additionally, if you care to participate in special entertainment (campfire may again be on the schedule, by popular demand), you'll probably want your own comfortable chair. Classes on the deck or elsewhere would benefit from one as well.

Snacks: Alternate food and drink choices may be brought - however we try to have some snacks out at all times.  Please remember if bringing items that require refrigeration that it is polite to share - and there are only 2 units for everyone (including meal needs) in the house.  Contact us if you need refrigeration for medical reasons, arrangements may be confirmed.

Other Useful Items: Genealogy, Genealogy, Genealogy!

  • favorite note taking material/office supplies (pen, pencil, eraser, highlighter, post-its/flags, paper, folders, paper clips, etc.)

  • prescriptions

  • neck supporter

  • small sewing kit

  • aspirin/Tylenol

  • antacid/Pepto, etc.

  • band-aids

  • camera/film

  • alarm clock

  • hair dryer

  • personal snacks (some refrigeration available)

  • coffee mug (go green!) - rather than use disposable cups (provided)

  • sport bottle - to carry your beverage with you in covered container (disposable cups will be available onsite)

  • laptop or other wireless device (wireless internet service provided)


Limited snacks and drinks will be available during the event as part of the all inclusive package.

Absolutely no firearms, alcohol or illegal drugs allowed on the premises.

Smoking is allowed outside of buildings only.

No Personal Pets - contact us if planning to bring a service animal

No road vehicles on campus during the weekend

Click here for our general travel packing tip page.

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