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Temperature and weather varies in Autumn. We are
blessed with cooler nights and warm, pleasant days. There are also a good
deal of foraging native and transient birds and water fowl. Deer and
turkey come foraging on nuts and seeds. Late autumn gives us cool days and
cold, dark evenings with little or no pests. It is a very quiet time of
year. There are greater chances for outdoor activities throughout the
Here is a condensed list of things to consider when you stay at the Close
this Fall. And, of course, we can provide you with up to date information
to help you plan for your stay with a phone call..
Early Autumn (Mid September - Mid October):
Evenings are cooler with the promise of sitting around the campfire
telling stories or having an in depth conversation in the confines of the
cabins. Access to more remote areas on the Close and the National Forest
become more possible. Foliage colors are beginning to show on many of the
under-story trees and shrubs. You will need to dress warmly for evenings
and bring cool clothing for warm days.
Remember, seed ticks are plentiful in the woods, so wear long pants tucked
into heavy socks to provide skin protection when going into the forest.
Bring allergy medications for ragweed and other plants or pests. Also,
bring storage containers that will withstand critters as they will be more
than eager to help themselves to your meal. Be aware of the possibility of
snakes that gather on the roads in the evenings.
Mid Autumn (Mid October - Mid November):
Days and evenings are pleasant which provide great sleeping conditions.
Foliage colors are vibrant, wildlife viewing is abundant, and pests are
few. October and November are great times to be at the Close. You can
smell the leaves in the air and hear approaching wildlife.
The weather is unpredictable from day to day. Critters are still finding
places to live in the winter. Prepare for a wide variety of conditions,
but a good campfire and smore’s liven up a cool evening.
Late Autumn (Mid November - Late December):
Cool days and ample viewing conditions give opportunities for exploration
in the otherwise non-accessible areas around the Close. There are bluffs,
valleys, waterfalls, rock houses, overlooks, and native vegetation to
Rain and Fog is normal during this time of year. Watch for slippery areas
and muddy conditions especially around cliff lines. Conditions often are
good for outdoor photography.
An Autumn Packing List might include: Wool Socks, Liner Socks, Boots, Dry
Clothes for cabin wear, Hangers to hang wet clothes, Polypropolene under
garments for mid to late Autumn, Cotton undergarments for early Autumn,
Fleece, Wool, Gloves, Water Repellent Outer Shell Clothing, Warm Meals,
Zip Lock Bags, Camera, Binoculars, Bug Repellent, Camera, Binoculars,
Blankets, Sleeping Bags, Cool Clothes for warm days, Strong Storage
Containers, Food, Drinking Water, Drink Mixes, Twin bed linens, Bible,
Journal, Pencil, Drawing Paper, Note Pad, and other items specific to your
goals on retreat.