Ridge Runners Spring Rendezvous
Monday, May 10, 2010
Photos by Ron Flewelling
The Cherokee Ridge Runners held their annual Spring Rendezvous at the Little Sioux Wildlife Area on the weekend of April 30 - May 2.
Coonskin convocation -
On April 30, the Little Sioux Wildlife area was the center of some 'way back when' activities, as students from area schools dropped in at the Cherokee Ridgerunners Spring Rendezvous. The young scholars spent the day stopping at a number of stations to learn the different aspects of life back in the frontier days of yore. Many of the students also checked out some of the Rendezvous' trading posts. MMC scholars Cody Digs, Douglas Gengler, Dean Jenness, Joel Johnson and Jared Hinspeter, for example, couldn't resist trying some coonskin caps on for size.
Black powder power! -
Thanks to the Ridgerunners' firing range officer Kurt Stamp, the students attending this year's spring Rendezvous were given the opportunity to observe the techniques involved in loading and shooting a black powder weapon, the mountain man's choice of weaponry back in the good old days when free trappers roamed the mountains and prairies.
During the Ridgerunners Spring Rendezvous, students learned that it was quite an involved process turning a critter into a cured pelt. At this station, Trapper Dave Kremin is seen displaying to MMC history buffs Brandon Stodden and Dakota Kastner a typical steel trap and a hide stretcher used by frontiersmen.
Knotty situation -
The Ridegrunners Rendezvous had a big surprise for MMC student Douglas Gengler. Thanks to C. W. Miller, Gengler was given the opportunity to observe first hand the incapacitating knots best known as the "Baby-sitter's Dream"
Konz' quartz --
One station at the Rendezvous displayed a number of rocks, arrowheads and artifacts like these two colorful specimens being checked out by MMC's Breanna Konz.
Rendezvous rope -
Another popular hands-on exhibition found during the area students' visit to the Ridgerunners Rendezvous was rope making. In this photo, Caden Remington and Joel Johnson try their hand at rope braiding under the watchful eye of local mountain man C. W. Miller
Tomahawk tossing technique -
One of the hands-on activities at the Ridgerunners Rendezvous was a lesson in the proper technique for tossing a tomahawk. In this photo, Bill Speirs is seen giving Paulina Zion-St. John's student Ally Sweeney some pointers in tomahawk hurling.
The youngsters attending this year's Cherokee Ridgerunners Rendezvous explored many of the facets of a mountain man's daily life. Zion-St. Johns gourmand Adam Richter was one of the lucky ones who received a culinary lesson in campfire cuisine from old rendezvous hands Mark Klemme and Joe Wildeman. The trio is seen in this photo talking turkey as the bird simmers over the campfire.