Perfesser's Newsletter July 2014
Hello Buckskinners, Reenactors, Hunters, and Outdoor Enthusiasts,
It's just past mid-summer in the Rockies and rendezvous season is in full swing. I've attended 3 very good events; Lancaster Restoration (Fotrt Lupton, CO), Pelton Creek (WY) and Rocky Mountain National Rendezvous (Gunnison, CO.) I had a very enjoyable time at all of them but must give special praise to to RMNR.
Without a doubt, this was the best run large rondy I've seen in a long time. It was held in a truly beautiful location, something over 9000 ft. in elevation. Occasional light afternoon passing showers kept the dust down and enhanced the wonderful smell of sage and spruce. Crisp nights gave everyone a chance to show off their capotes ( more than a few of which I made. Heh, heh.)
There were over 300 camps. Buckskinners came from California, Florida, the Carolinas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, Utah, and (of course) Texas to setup a spectacular crescent shaped canvas encampment that could be seen from Horse Camp on the hill above. There was music and entertainment everynight. A shout out to Harry Harpoon who makes every rondy he attends that much better. It was also great to see Talking Bear, who maintains the most comprehensive and up to date rondy event list on his web site, check it out, at talking-beardotcom (ebay prohibits links to outside sites so figure out the necessary dot.)
Speaking of horses, I've never seen so many at a rendezvous. It gave a special ambiance to the camp. In addition, horse drawn wagons made regular and frequent passage through the camp delivering ice, refilling water containers, and picking up trash. Last, but not least, all of the portable toilets were covered by white specially made tents and, best of all, were pumped and cleaned every day without fail by the quietest pumper trucks in the business.
A big thanks to Kentucky Dave, Woodman, the Two Kims, T.C., the Savages, and all who helped put this event on!
A few weeks later in August, I'll be going to Como Rendezvous in Colorado. Then for my last summer rendezvous, I'll be the bushway at Trapper Days, held at the rondy site in Fort Lupton, CO the weekend after Labor Day. Hope too see a lot of you this summer. Hard to believe it's halfway over already. If you're interested in a custom made capote from my blankets or yours, please click on my name above and it will take you to a link where you can contact me. Keep your powder dry.