What about food? Registration covers a healthy, locally sourced, Saturday night dinner by Judy Gurnee Catering and a simple oatmeal buffet on Sunday morning before classes begin, but you are responsible for your food for the rest of the weekend. Mandy's coffee truck often has food items available for purchase in addition to smoothies and coffee drinks. We have a charcoal grill and a gas grill you are welcome to use, or you can bring a small camp stove set up. There is a Kroger about 15 minutes away in Harrodsburg if you forget something important like extra bags of ice.
What if I don't want to take any classes? You don't have to take any classes if you don't want to. You can come hang up your hammock and nap all weekend if that's what you need to do. Or sign out a kayak and do some paddling, or poke around in the woods and take some nature photos. It's really up to you. The registration fee covers your class fees whether you take several or none.
Will my car be able to handle the terrain? Most cars can make it down both of our driveways. If you have a 4WD it is the better choice as you'll have access to more camping areas. If you have a 2WD car be cautious about where you park so you don't get stuck. (Someone always gets stuck!) If you're able to carpool with another camper, please do as parking is limited in some areas.
What's the bathroom situation? We have porta-potties. on top of the big hill and by Frisbee Field. We also have a composting toilet outhouse at the bottom of the hill by our house. You are also welcome to pee in the woods. If you poop in the woods (yes, really!) please be courteous, bury it in a little hole and dispose of toilet paper properly.
Can kids come? Cowgirl Camp was designed with women in mind, but not for kids. Teenage and preteen girls are welcome if interested in learning and are supervised. If you know a young gal that you'd like to invite but you're not certain if she's old enough, just ask.
Can I bring my dog? No. So very, very sorry about this one. We LOVE dogs, but it's really not a good idea from many reasons. You are more than welcome to bring your (well behaved) dog with you when you visit us another time.
I've never put up a tent, what if I need help? You can always ask the other campers for help if you are having trouble. It's super friendly here and everyone is learning together. Here are some handy tips: 1) Bring a waterproof tarp to put under your tent. Don't let it extend past the edges of your tent as it will catch water. You may be tempted to ditch the rainfly. Don't. We almost always have at least one rain shower or thunderstorm per event. 2.) Do a test run set-up of your tent in your living room. Make sure all the parts are there and read the instructions. 3.) Consider buying an inexpensive pop-up canopy for shade. You can put it in front of your tent, over top of it, or along the tree line overlooking the water. Add couple of chairs, some solar lights, a cooler and you've got home sweet home. Don't forget to invite the neighbors over for a visit. 4.) Take a good look around before you start setting up. Look for a flat spot that will not collect water if it rains. Do not set up your tent under dead trees or overhanging branches that can injure you if they fall. Set up your tent in a clear spot. 5.) Use your pop-up canopy or the tree line for for shade during the day, but again, camp in open areas. 6.) Don't leave food out overnight unless you want to feed the wildlife. Critters are abundant out here. Usually they run the other way, unless you have food laying around. They get brave when they smell marshmallows and hotdogs!
Can I spend the night in a hotel? Yes, but that's not very cowgirly of you. Totally kidding. If you don't want to spend the night that is okay. There are a couple AirBnbs in town and the Beaumont Inn is really nice.
Where are electrical outlets located? We have outlets on the front porch you can use to charge phones and such. The majority of your weekend will be off-grid, though.
Are there snakes out there? Yes, but you probably won't see any. They're usually getting the heck outta the way when they hear people coming. If you do see a snake, 90% chance it is one of the following; little garden snake sunning itself on a rock, black rat snake that eats mice (not cowgirls), or a northern water snake. All are pretty harmless. I have lived here 7 years and I have seen less than 25 snakes total...and I am outside in the woods almost every single day. (That's 25 snakes in 2,500 days. Your odds are good against seeing one.)
Can we bring alcohol? Yes. Just be smart and respectful of your neighbors that might not want to hear "Every Rose Has its Thorn" sung to the night sky at 3am. No kayaking/canoeing while intoxicated. Also, please remember that there are often young ears nearby. Make sure you're among likeminded adults if you're feeling rowdy.
What kind of clothes should I pack? These are suggestions only: Tank tops or loose breathable t-shirts. Summer hat with brim for shade. Bandanas are nice to have on hand. Fanny packs are great for cash, phone/camera, tiny notebook and pen. Lightweight pants or leggings are good if you're going in the woods to protect you from poison ivy*, chiggers, and ticks. Boots or tennis shoes for hiking. Sports sandals for hanging out. Extra undies and maybe a bathing suit. A hoodie or fleece jacket for night time. It gets cooler than you might think. Rain ponchos are cheap and awesome when needed. Beach towel for yoga and meditation classes, and a spare towel for kayaking and our fancy garden hose shower house.
*If you are allergic to poison ivy bring a washcloth and some Dawn dish soap. Imagine you have invisible axle grease on your body and you are washing it off. Do not reuse the washcloth until laundered. Works like a charm!
How bad are the ticks and mosquitos? Sometimes it's an issue and other times it's not bad at all, but you should definitely wear bug spray of some sort. Organic and natural sprays seem to work just as well as OFF and Repel, but use what works best for you. Ticks are part of life out here and they seem to like some people more than others. I get a few ticks each summer but they don't seem to be very attracted to me and I've never had a reaction beyond extreme itching. (Beau says it is because I am bitter. Isn't he hilarious?) I like to use peppermint essential oil on my boots and socks, behind my ears, and on my wrists. It makes me smell like a candy cane and keeps them at bay. If I am working in the woods I'll use Deep Woods OFF or something with DEET. Best to spray it on your clothes not your skin.
What if I get hurt? We have basic first aid services provided by Marines Justin & Jeni Crone. (Jeni is a trained Combat Medical Specialist.) Also, Beau is a Firefighter First Responder EMT. We also have a fire radio here on the property in case of an emergency. Please remember, as the waiver states, you are participating absolutely at your own risk and assume all liability and full responsibility for your own well being and safety, as well as any minors or others in your party, once you arrive at Little Wing Hollow. If you have medical issues we need to know about, please alert us during registration. Also, drink lots of water! Heat sickness is the most common problem we face each year.