Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Prarrie Grove 2010

I got to go out to Parrie Grove for the reenactment this year. It was my first event in almost 3 years! It was fun. I think I've been there 2 times before and as always it was a good time. I had to leave early Sunday morning so I really only got to be in Saturday's events. As always the guys came in throughout the night and were out to have a good time. I knew about half the guys in the unit, the rest being guys who came after I joined the AF. Saturday morning we got woke up with the instructions to get up because we have "stuff to do". Needless to say this set us all to laughing an joking about it. Drill wasn't bad but I really had a hard time remembering it all. After an arms inspection we went back to camp and got a chance to eat.

After a quick lunch we got ready and headed out for the fight. We marched down onto the battle field and waited. Not much has changed as far as military life goes so we hurried up and waited. Then the cannons started a thundering and the cavary start riding out and fighting but still no sign of the yankee infantree. We just waited and watched for a while until the yankees brought up their infantree then the fight really got going. We pressed down and then got pushed back up a large hill. We reformed and pushed back down. When we pushed back down we had about 4 of us left from our unit. We fought back and forth and the bottom of the hill and I took a hit about the same place we started the fight at.

The real battle was a draw so it was a good represntation of real history. After the battle we went back to camp where the pay master came around and we got 2 months pay. Then we waited for the spectators to leave so we could break down and get out some modern food and drinks.

Monday, 22 November 2010

my first hunt

I went hunting today for the first time. I went with a friend and another man he brought along. They were both older than I and had been hunting for years so they were showing me the ropes. As we got out of the truck and headed into the woods to find our stands I must admit there was a bit of excitement like when I was a cub scout or tenderfoot going on your first camp out with the boy scouts.

Soon I got to my stand and got all set up. After about 10 minutes or so I heard something moving around behind me. The stand I was in allowed me to turn so I turned to see what it was. In stead of a hog or a deer like I was hoping for all I saw was 2 raccoons walking around a tree. Well just as it began to become light I was wondering if it was late enough to take a legal shot if I saw something. As I was thinking this I heard one of the other guys fire a shot. "I guess so" I thought. Sure enough my phone got a text from my friend saying he got one. A few minutes later I heard another shot. Wow I thought, the way it's going I should see something any minute! Well after a few hours my friend texted me again saying it was time to head for the truck. Bummer man, I hadn't even seen anything. I got down and headed back.

The place we were hunting at has rules about the deer you shoot. Strict rules on the bucks. If they have to have less than 4 inch spikes or at least 4 points on one side to be good to shoot. As I approached the truck my friend and the other fellow were standing there kind of laughing. "You want my deer?" ask my friend. I thought for a minute and then declined saying it must be illegal. Sure enough it had a 2 inch spike on one side and an 8 inch spike on the other side. The other man laughed and said, "You know how you don't go buy food when your hungry? Well the same goes for hunting. He didn't eat breakfast so he was in too much of a hurry to shoot something to make sure it was legal." I laughed and ask about his deer I thought I had heard him shoot at. He said he missed and now it was my friends turn to laugh at him. Well I guess there wasn't much luck for any of us, I didn't see anything, one missed, and the other wished he had missed.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010


This is where I plan to tell stories. Some will be true, and other will be fiction. I will try to remember to label them. I'm not much of a writer so constructive critics are welcome.