Monday, June 01, 2009
On May 30th weekend, there was the Port-Neuf Mountain Man Rendezvous set up north of us in the middle of a field. For years I have been reading books about mountain men and the rendezvous' that they held back in when the beaver trade was big in this country. Mountain men basically explored most of the Rocky Mountain area and named quite a few places, rivers, creeks, mountains, etc. They opened up the West basically. When I first heard about the present day Rendezvous', I wanted to check one out, but had not had the chance. Well, this time, I decided that I was going. So talked to Marshal about it, he also has been reading the same books as I. We asked a couple of friends if they would like to also go, as they are interested in the same things as we. So loaded up Saturday morning and off we go. We wanted to do it in the morning, as the heat was expected for the afternoon. There weren't that many people around the trader tents, so we were able to enjoy looking at what people had for sale. Mostly things that dealt with that era of our history. Found lots of things that I would have loved to purchase, but held myself back. Did see a buffalo pelt I would love to have. Also a cannon. But Marshal just walked away!!!
The picture is of one of the visitors at the rendezvous. The guys fell in love with her.
I highly recommend that if there is a rendezvous close by, to check them out. Most of the participants dress in 1840's dress, have black powder rifles and pistols. It is interesting to see what all they have and do.