1. It's a good thing I didn't invest in those snow boots I was looking at; the weather was unseasonably warm. I think I put my jacket on once, when walking back from the Library. Because a door to the Salt Palace was right next to the Radisson, I didn't really need it.
2. Salt Lake City has some beautiful things to see -- the mountains all around, the beautiful Temple Square, a lovely, clean city.
Credit to Ken Lund on Flickr; Creative Commons license
4. Before I visited the Library, I heard online about folks being unhappy -- some microfilm readers had been removed, and people were worried that researchers would be shut out. I can attest that at what I'm sure would be the height of Library use -- the day before RootsTech started -- the Library was very busy but there was enough room for all to work.
5. All the preparation in the world isn't a guarantee that those brick walls will come tumbling down: I had five questions I wanted to work on; I found the answer to one. I counted my time a success!
6. What can I say about RootsTech? The word I heard most often was "overwhelming." This can be a mixed blessing -- on the one hand, it's an embarrassment of riches, but at the same time, it can make your head spin a bit. Which of the six sessions I'm interested in should I go to? Is half an hour long enough for me to run to the restroom (and then stand in line) and still get a seat at the next presentation? Being able to have a copy of the syllabi of presentations you don't get to is a great bonus.
7. Even if you go by yourself, you won't be alone. Even if you're an introvert, you will be drawn out of your shell. Genealogists are a friendly bunch, and they will start a conversation, ask where you're from, first time at RootsTech?, seen any good presentations, tried any good apps . . . on and on. Trust me, you won't be alone.
8. Be prepared to walk. A lot.
9. You'll go home with so many things to check out, try out, get into, read, watch, listen to -- you'll be busy for a long time to come. Actually, probably until it's time to go to RootsTech 2016.
So, I'm home, with new friends, lots to think about, plenty to work on. A good time was had by all, including me -- and here's to next year.