We arrived at the rendezvous to discover that the rest of our muzzleloading club was hiding out in their tents. The rain, which had started pouring down on the previous day, had proved to be a bit much for everyone. After getting some supplies together, we headed over to sign up for the […]
Week 1 The orange sign with the green 4H clover was propped on the rural mail box marking the turn to Lapp’s farm. After a long cold winter the snow was melting and the road to the farm-house was muddy. As we passed the white farmhouse, I noticed that it looked empty and said that […]
Gimme a Break! Don’t give me a break. How do you learn to be good at something? Is it by being given advantages based on your present inability to execute the task at the same level as more experienced people? I’m constantly perplexed by people’s immediate desire to give unfair advantages to those […]
Well, it’s muzzle loader season again. The original low capacity magazine!
The mountain men were a lonely breed. But when they had fun, they really had fun. After Lewis and Clark’s 1804-1806 exploration of the West, fur trading posts opened up all around this harsh land and attracted men who weren’t afraid to brave the isolation and danger of the wilderness. These mountain men had some of […]
Years ago when David and I were in our early twenties, we received an anniversary card from my mother in-law inscribed with these words, “Happy Anniversary to a Couple of Kidders”. With three little ones at the time, and plans for only one more, I had no clue that I would still be raising […]
The setting for the David Thompson Black Powder Shoot in Eureka was held on a golden prairie surrounded by mountains with spectacular views into Canada. The scenery was out of this world. It is no wonder that the Lakota loved this land. As we entered the rendezvous grounds, I beheld a sweeping landscape […]
A tipi (also tepee and teepee) is a Lakota name for a conical tent traditionally made of animal skins and wooden poles used by the nomadic tribes and sedentary tribal dwellers (when hunting) of the Great Plains. – Wikipedia It was indescribably beautiful at last weekend’s Mountain Man Rendezvous in Eureka, Montana. Tipis dotted the vast […]