Ridge Runners Rendezvous
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Photos by Ron Flewelling
The Cherokee Ridge Runners staged their annual Rendezvous at the Little Sioux Wildlife area over the weekend of October 9th, 2010.
Rendezvous eye opener -
It's widely known that any good mountain man isn't worth his beaver traps until he has his morning coffee. At this year's Ridgerunners rendezvous, Tina and Trever Larsen of Cherokee were seen taking on a cup or two of campfire coffee.
Frontier family -
The Cherokee Ridgerunners' Rendezvous is a fun adventure for the whole family. Among those enjoying the recent fall mountain man jamboree and black powder blast were Loren and Teri Nelson and their daughter Janesa.
Pioneer patriotis -
At any Cherokee Ridgerunners' Rendezvous, a good buckskinner isn't happy until he has his camp site just right. Take mountain man Merle Loftis of LeMars, for example. His camp, complete with Old Glory flying - with 13 stars mind you - was a bold and clear statement of his patriotic pride.
Bennett's business -
A lot of buckskin craftsman were on hand for the Cherokee Ridgerunners' Rendezvous. One of those handy rugged individuals was Dick Bennett of Rembrandt Leather. He was seen making possibles pouches from pieces of woolen blankets and hatchet covers from leather.
Buckskin Brummels -
Prairie period costumes and Rocky Mountain regalia provide the proper atmosphere for a Cherokee Ridgerunners' Rendezvous. Ron McKay and Richard Jilderda, for example, were two regular buckskin Beau Brummels as they attended this year's rendezvous and fall shoot.
Prairie purse? -
A true buckskinner enthusiast likes to keep his costume historically correct even down to the accessories. For example, at the Rendezvous, Mark Klemme was dressed to the nines in his authentic mountain man garb, an ensemble that included a "possibles" bag made from a turtle shell and faced with a coyote pelt. The utility pouch was so named because the mountain man would use it to carry any little items like needles, thread, clay pipes, small tools and the like that he might possibly need.
Giving the skirl a whirl -
The folks at this year's Rendezvous were treated to a bit of entertainment when Ron McKay displayed some melodic moves on the bagpipes.
Rendezvous relaxation -
The spirit might be willing but the body still needs a good nap now and then. Amelia Bennett decided to take a break at this year's Ridgerunners' Rendezvous and get in forty winks on mom Jennifer's lap.
Hurling the 'hawk -
Paige Bennett displayed a definite flair at the business end of a hatchet as she competed in the Tomahawk Throw at this year's Rendezvous.
Wood weary -
It takes a lot of wood to keep a rendezvous campfire burning at peak efficiency, a little fact of nature that didn't escape rendezvouser Phil Durham. The wood weary buckskinner from Newcastle, Nebraska had to pack all his firewood across the camp to his fire pit.