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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Gem County River Through Time event 2014

I would like to thank the Idaho Civil War Volunteer group for putting on an amazing "Gem County:  The River Through Time" event at Emmett, Idaho Oct 3rd - 5th, 2014.  They were so kind and welcoming towards us.  We really appreciate this wonderful group of Civil War enthusiasts for making our trip totally worth it and cementing some great friendships which we look forward to cultivating in years to come.
We bought a new car.  My Pop Can died and J's Blue is getting on in years so we figured we needed a new hauler.  We name all our cars.  We named this 2004 Honda CV-4, Ginga.  This was Ginga's first Civil War re-enactment.  She did well.  Our 6 foot ridge poles fit.  That was the number one factor in buying a new car.  Had to fit the Civil War gear.

J is fortifying himself before the big event.  We are huge fans of all things Mtn Dew.

An old-timey cowboy with his vintage hand crafted museum quality saddle made in 1910.
A good old fashioned Chuck Wagon.
A restored doctor's Hackney.
Pioneer Wagon Train.  We love trains.
I was super impressed by the Gold Mine set up.  It was way fun.


Mountain Man section.
Bring it on Johnny Reb, J is looking for a fight.
The Hall of Civil War Flags.  The Civil War era had a lot of flags.
The Gatling Gun.

Making Rag Dolls with Ricky.  I had so much fun at this table.
Learning to sew the old fashioned way with a period Pedal Foot Sewing Machine.
The pot quilt raffle.
J named my rag doll Abigail and took it with him into battle for good luck.  My husband is so cute.
A mean game of Checkers.
Marching Marching Marching.  That's what soldiers do best.
While the boys are marching around in the hot sun us ladies took to the shade for an afternoon tea.

Our Union forces.

John wanted a close up of the rust on the end of his barrel.
Our Union Forces protecting the Wagon Train from Injuns and Rebels.

I made my own butter in like 5 min.  It was super fun and tasted great.
Onward Christian Soldiers Marching into War...
What is the point of being a Civil War re-enactor if you can't shoot stuff.
After a busy day of marching and shooting stuff J had some time to relax and chat with the ladies.
Our favorite Black Smith, Wade.
Marie is an amazing seamstress.
They had a Black Smith, a Tin Smith, and a Gun Smith.
And a President Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln had a corn kerneler which was a big hit with the kiddies, so much so that one little boy got carried off in a tantrum because he did not want to stop playing with it.

Rebel Camp with Fletch.

J and I had a great time in Idaho.  We would like to thank the re-enactors for being so warm and welcoming towards us.  We made some good friends and shared some great food.  Everyone was so kind towards us outsiders.  We would also like to thank Emmett, Idaho for providing beautiful weather all three days we were there.  My teeth did not chatter once with cold.  On a personal note I am a high anxiety person, and I have to admit that this was the first three days in over a year that I actually felt relaxed.  I need more vacations like this.

K.