Kathy and All,
Thank you all so much for your responses!!! What a great exchange of
information we've started. I've gotten some great answers from some
very nice people.
Our small group of people have been meeting on weekends to try our
hand at cooking in our new dutch ovens over coals and starting fires
in our new clay fire pit. The cooking has gone absolutely
wonderfully. We made some terrific rosemary new potatoes in one pot
and some really yummy portabella mushrooms, shallots and garlic in
another pot stacked on top. We cheated on the filets and used a gas
grill (but we did successfully cook a boston butt (pork roast) in
the cast iron dutch oven last weekend - it was fall apart tender).
Unfortunately, we're not having nearly as much luck getting a fire
to start in the fire pit. We might be cold but we'll eat well! LOL.
We finally decided to try one of those "fake" logs. They burn hotter
so we were worried about cracking the pit but it did really fine.
Next weekend we are going camping overnight in our tents about an
hour from home and we'll make a list of everything we left that
we've just got to have. I think we're on the right track but if we
get to Gulf Wars and we're missing something, we figure we can
either buy it there or we don't really need it (unless of course
we've left one of the kids behind :-) ).
Good luck to everyone else who is new to this like us. We're right
there with you!
House of Mosaic
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, "Kathy Greer" <kathyg@h...>
> Greetings and welcome,
> I have been to both, all though it was some time back.
> The other folks are right, you need to start out with smaller and
shorter camping trips. Before you go and get trapped in a place for
a week or more, you need to find out if you handle the primitive
camp conditions. While there are plenty of things to take care of
you, it is not like home or even a hotel. It is outdoors, so you
are subject to the weather more and it is hard to stay clean.
> Gulf Wars is running about 3,000 to 4,000 in attendance. It is in
March, basically, on the Gulf coast. This means that it is early
spring, so the temperatures are generally mild, but can swing up and
down on the rare chance. Being in the south, and on the coast, it
is always subject to fronts, therefore, rain. As for shopping, it
is just over a 100 merchants to fulfill your needs. The whole thing
is just for less than a week, most folks just do a long 3-day or 4-
> Pensic is running about 11,000 in attendance now. It is in
August, up north, and more inland. It is generally hotter,
therefore, they get summer thunderstorms ( wind damage ), and
possibly some general rain. I think they are running over 400
merchants now. You can get anything that is related to SCA there.
While it is a two-week event, most just come for the last week of
it, or make a long weekend of it too. With this many folks in one
place, it makes it interesting to see a small tent "city". This has
more people than most small towns.
> Board Raids is about 2,000 in attendance, I think, I am not sure.
It is held at a camp ground on a military base in Kentucky. This
means that if there is another terrorist attack while you are there,
the U.S. Army will close the base and you will have 30 minutes to
leave. You will just have to leave your stuff behind till they open
the base again. It is held in June, just as the heat of summer is
starting, so it is very hot, and strong and windy thunderstorms. It
is short, just a regular weekend. Maybe 20 or 30 or so merchants
show up there.
> If you have never camped, then I suggest the following steps. Get
your tent, equipment and supplies and try setting up camp in your
yard. Setting up a tent ( and camp ) for the first time can take a
lot of time for the first time or two cycles. Do it at home so that
you will know how and what you will need. This is so that when you
get to the event, you will not spend a lot of your time just setting
up the tent and camp. When you have the camp set up in your yard,
stay in it overnight as if you were camping. You will see what all
you need. The next step would be to go to a local campground or
national park and try it.
> Call on some of the local SCA folks to come and camp with you in
your yard and show you how to set up camp. They can go with you to
the national park too. Make it like a relaxed cook-out party. Have
fun with it!
> As for garb at any of then, I general go with the simpler stuff.
Leave the fancy stuff at home. The simple garb, made out of cotton
broadcloth, packs easier, and is wash-and-wear. Before it rains, it
is dry and dusty, after a rain storm, it is all muddy, so clothes
get dirty very quickly. Also, the simple one can be washed out,
hung up to dry, and then re-used, saving having to pack more garb.
> Where are you located? Have you been in contact with your local
> Email me if you have more questions.
> Hope this helps.
> In service to the Dream,
> Alara MacGregor
> (Kathy Greer)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: bronwynmgn@a...
> To: email@example.com
> Sent: Friday, February 11, 2005 8:33 AM
> Subject: Re: [SCA Newcomers] Re: Newcomer going to Gulf Wars
> In a message dated 2/10/2005 11:54:25 A.M. Eastern Standard
> aelfwyn@g... writes:
> <<Good Day Lady!
> What say you about Gulf Wars compared to Pennsic??
> I am a camping "virgin" from the Midrealm and my lord wishes to
> Pennsic, to which I say, "let's see how I do at Border Raids."
> for the camping ignorant is Gulf Wars environment a bit better??
> I don't know exactly who this was directed to since you didn't
> quotes. I'm afraid I can't give you a comparison between the
two as I have
> never been to Gulf Wars. I would love to go, but it falls
during the school
> year, both my husband and I work in the public schools, and we
don't get paid
> time off other than school holidays.
> However, I think you are very wise to insist on at least one
> shorter camping event before Pennsic .
> Brangwayna Morgan
> Shire of Silver Rylle, East Kingdom
> Lancaster, PA
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