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Rendezvous!

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Ok, so maybe not in the sense you all might be thinking, but this was the 48th annual we went to this past Labor day. It is actually a reenactment of the time of Lewis and Clark time period, approximately 1840. We have been doing this for probably 30 years. Some events that occur are black powder shoots (shotgun, rifle,pistol), bow shoots, knife and tomahawk throws, trap setting, fire starting, kids games, and women's games (although not all of this happened this year due to covid). I will also add we had permission from local health officials to have this event this fall, hand sanitizer located throughout camp and out houses disinfected twice daily. Was one of many events that we could actually have. Contact tracing was also implemented without one single case being reported. Might have been the case of more alcohol being consumed than placed on hands! Included are some cooks we did.

Anyways being veterans day the first couple pics are the flag raising ceremony

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The young lad on the ground is lighting the fire , using a flint and steel, (no not a bic) the fire is kept going through the weekend until the flags are lowered. I should add that most years all the flag raisers are veterans corresponding to their flag or a family member of such...but that didn't work out this year.

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A few pics of our set up. The actual rendezvous actually is just during the weekend, but we usually go for the entire week just to get away.

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Even the kitchen sink!

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Let's get some food pics...couple Cornish hens for the spit

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Getting some color

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Plated up with some carrots. These were basted with butter throughout the cook, not sure what seasonings were used

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Was tasty for sure! Another day and it was time for gizzards, 5 packs, all between 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 lbs

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The ingredients

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Seasoned the flour with pepper and missing from the pic was some crazy Cajon and roasted Chipotle garlic. Put gizzards in bag with flour and seasonings to coat then into pan with oil. My wife Shelly getting them started

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Getting some color on them

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After browned and into Dutch, add 2 cans cream of mushroom soup and little milk

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This is then simmered over coals for several hours to tenderize

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Now being since this takes a few hours to get ready, it doesn't take long for them to disappear once they're done...all the neighbors seem to know when to come visit. For those that don't like gizzards because they are too chewy, fear not...these are tender as can be

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Have a couple visitors that we only see at this rendezvous, never seen a young one like this before

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And a little more grown up...a walking stick

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We also had a small buffet midweek, dutch ovens doing their thing

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And their contents, green bean casserole and scalloped corn

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My plate...smoked bacon wrapped deer loin, sweet taters, green bean casserole, and scalloped corn

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It was all so good!
Finally a few more camp pics, other camps and ours.

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My daughter thought she needed a hammock
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Our camp at night
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Of course I had to add at least one fire pic

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As with SMF, we are a sort of family, even though I've never met any of you in person. Our rendezvous friends are family, some we only see once or twice a year. Our kids grew up with this family, my son was two weeks old when he went to his first vous, although many of their adopted grandparents have passed on they are never forgotten. These rendezvous are held throughout the country so if you ever see one advertised in your area go out and visit them.
Thanks all for looking!

Ryan
 

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Looks like a good time and great vittles.
Again, love your camp setup, very nice.
 

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That's awesome Ryan. Definitely something I could get in to. All the food and pics were great looking. Been to some sons of the confederacy events that looked similar.

Meriwether Lewis is buried not far from me on the Natchez Trace. We've been to the monument many times
 
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Looks like a good time and great vittles.
Again, love your camp setup, very nice.
Thanks Chili! Been a long time coming in posting it, had a hard time trying to figure out how to put all the info in one post or how to separate it. But I do appreciate it!

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That's awesome Ryan. Definitely something I could get in to. All the food and pics were great looking. Been to some sons of the confederacy events that looked similar.

Meriwether Lewis is buried not far from me on the Natchez Trace. We've been to the monument many times
Thanks Jake! It's an awesome way of life...many members are getting older so looking to get the next generation more involved. Our local club had our event this fall, my daughter and SIL and friends their age sat at our camp till late (or early in the morning) and had a great time. One of them commented the next day how cool it was...they are the ones that can keep it going. We have one event at Lewis and Clark state park in Onawa Iowa each year, where they have a replica of the keelboat that they took on their journey and they give rides to the public on. They also have a civil war encampment at the same time

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That sir looks like a great time and awesome food.
 

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That looks like a great way to spend the week, how relaxing!!!
And the food.....holy cow those are some awesome looking vittles right there.
I love gizzards both chicken and the waterfowl that I kill each season which is right now.
I love them dusted with flour and Lowery's and a little black pepper for seasoning then fried in real lard or beef tallow.........YUM!!!
Dan:emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup:
 

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Very cool! Thanks for posting the pics. Can you tell me what is the purpose of the snapping turtle shell with the tags hanging on it?
 

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Ryan , that's just awesome . Great thread .
 

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That looks like a great way to spend the week, how relaxing!!!
And the food.....holy cow those are some awesome looking vittles right there.
I love gizzards both chicken and the waterfowl that I kill each season which is right now.
I love them dusted with flour and Lowery's and a little black pepper for seasoning then fried in real lard or beef tallow.........YUM!!!
Dan:emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup: :emoji_thumbsup:
Thanks Dan! It is so relaxing! That's why we spend the week! But couple years ago it was wet, fire pit full of water, at one time we put a short plank in fire pit and had a floating fire. It was kinda miserable but we still had fun! That club also has a frosted fanny vous every year on valentine's weekend...they are more die hard than me!

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Very cool! Thanks for posting the pics. Can you tell me what is the purpose of the snapping turtle shell with the tags hanging on it?
Thanks inda!the turtle shell with tags is all (or most) of the tags from rendezvous that we have attended over the years. Each vous we attend gives out a medallion for being there. We use the turtle shell, others have them attached to beaver hides and such

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Looks like a good time. My Grandma made Gizzard and Gravy when I was a kid. Good stuff. I made them once, my family tried them but was not crazy about them...JJ
 

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Great setup and looks like a really good time Ryan, thanks for sharing, Like! RAY
 

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I've been to a few '...vous
There is a big French history in this area and normally an annual rendezvous they chose to call a Chautauqua.

Most memorable '...vous was my son's first Camporee as a Boy Scout. Local Rendezvous group hosted the event.
I helped out with the black powder shoot and earned my tag.

Family is definitely family. I miss the Scouting adventures, but my time is over.
 

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Ryan, that is nothing short of 1000 x AWESOME! I could use about a month of that right now! The old fashion spinning birds......amazing!

I have to admit, we have a trailer and it is nice but my all fav is going out in the wall tent! Just something about it....it has a way of awaking ones soul!

Oh I like the fire pic!
 

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Great family event Ryan. And that bird looks really tasty.
Thank you, I appreciate it! Somewhere I have a pic of a whole turkey done this way but for the life of me can't find it. Sometimes a little mischief goes on...some birds have seem to have gone missing off the fire over the years...good thing for plausible deniability! :emoji_blush:

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Looks like a good time. My Grandma made Gizzard and Gravy when I was a kid. Good stuff. I made them once, my family tried them but was not crazy about them...JJ
Thanks JJ! We definitely love our time at rendezvous! Gizzards aren't for everyone, we even like em deep fried and chewy but after making them this way it's hard to go back

Ryan
 

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