There was one last panel on Sunday morning - a "Beyond the Books" panel in which we discussed everything from the serious theories (who is Azor Ahai, anyhow?) to the not-so-serious (Ned Stark warged into Balerion the Cat!). While some attendees actually headed out a bit early, we still had pretty decent attendance considering the severe lack of sleep that most of us were running on...and considering many of us had long drives home that day. So yes, unfortunately this panel - and the weekend - had to be wrapped up.
After encouraging everyone to fill out our surveys (over half of the attendees did so, which I think is pretty darn good considering I'm totally anti-survey myself, haha) and taking down the last of the mock election posters (I may or may not have absconded with several of them, because they were hilariousss), I finally had time to run down to my cottage and pack up my own things.
Crazy enough, despite not having to bring any of the donations home, and having gotten rid of almost all of the wine glasses, we still had quite a time trying to fit everything back in my car.
(It probably didn't help that by the time we began packing it, the rain was coming down pretty damn hard.)
Finally Matt and I settled in for our long drive back to South Carolina...of course we chatted about how much fun we had...how little sleep we got...and the fact that neither of us had time to consume even half of our daily calorie allotment (by Sunday I seriously felt like I had a hole in my stomach, haha). Matt even read the survey answers to me as I drove ;) Things were going pretty good until we hit the mountains in Virginia, a.k.a. "The Neck"...
I'm not even kidding you, for a good 20 miles or more I couldn't see more than 5-10 feet in front of my car. It was freaky, honestly, and not fun at all.
But obviously - and thankfully - we lived to tell the tale. We rewarded ourselves by listening to some of the Storm of Swords audio book, as we raced home in hopes of making it in time to watch episode 5 of Game of Thrones season 3.
Which we did, by the way...just barely ;)
In conclusion? Ice & Fire Con was one crazy weekend. As an organizer, I was so busy that I didn't get to "relax" very much, but I'm honestly not sure I would have had it any other way. I think that we knew before we even left Ravenwood on April 28th that we would be back again for round two next year - and as of yesterday it is 100% official that Ice & Fire Con 2014 will take place at Ravenwood Castle, May 16-18, 2014! More info to come, so stay tuned :D