Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trail of History....

Wooden shoe carving...
Friends, I just have to write a new post.  One that isn't me crying my eyes out over here.  I have got to share with you some fantastic photos from October 21 when we attended McHenry County Conservation District's Trail of History at Glacial Park in Ringwood, IL.  
It was a spectacular crisp Fall day filled with the sights and sounds of the 1800s.  
Such great activities for the kids.  For $1 the kids purchased a little bag of goodies to trade with all the other traders (kids).  You wouldn't believe how serious things got.  "I'll trade you this rock for a shell." One of the traders was mighty tough and Lauren and Evan had to pool their resources in the end to get a necklace.
The clouds were amazing.  I thought for a minute, "I wish Mom was here."  Then I realized that the one mile hike over hilly terrain to get to the event and the chilly wind might not have been her cup of tea.  (Tracy and I would give her so much crap when she would talk about "how damp it is outside" and how "her ears were cold"  She was definitely of the old school camp that thinks you can get a cold from a little wind!)
Tug-o-war!
Attempting to show off some skills....
Evan gets in on the action....
Preparing lunch....
(we ate bison chili, bison burgers, kettle corn, home made root beer, and spicy pork skins)
The luxury tent....
(most of the people doing the reenactment stayed in these actual tents for the whole weekend)
Just look at those clouds!  
Waiting for the Indians to arrive via canoe to do some fur and other trading on the river bank.....
(we witnessed a woman being traded!  The outrage!)
Here they come!
Lauren and Evan made corn husk dolls and got a full tutorial on why they don't have faces.  (see here)
With every glance the scenery was straight out of a movie, or a book or Little House on the Prairie!
Lauren, Owen and Evan
The kids got walking sticks with rabbit fur and bead embellishments....(Of course we had to give a big warning about walking sticks NOT to be used as weapons.  How do you think that went?  Remember, Evan  is involved)
Herbalist Healer anyone?


After the battle reenactment, the kids got to mingle with the winning troops...
Off to another battle....
Who doesn't love a tepee?  (That's Lauren wrapped in a red blanket)
Hiking back to the car....
An amazing event that I highly recommend next year if you live nearby.  

You can visit www.MCCDistrict.org for more information.
The cost was only $7 for adults, Senior and children 6-12: $3 and 5 and under free!  
To highlight:  fur traders, pioneer games, medicine show, Metis Village, military tactics, entertainment, demonstrations and food vendors....

1 comment:

  1. There are several places similar to this near where I live--my older daughter's 3rd-grade class went to one of them for a field trip earlier this fall--and I definitely plan to visit them--at least one of them!--with my girls next summer. Plus we plan to take a road trip to DeSmet, SD, to see the Laura Ingalls homestead site there. Some friends went last summer and made corn husk dolls, too! My children love historical, pioneer-times stuff like this, especially Julia (age 8).

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