(This post is a little long, with lots of photos, but I find this interest of my son’s fascinating. And the fact he found not only this passion, but people who genuinely “get” him gives me so much joy.)
On June 29th, the teen set off for an epic trip back in time with his grandmother. There were French & Indian War living history events at Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY and at Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY.
Their time-travel machine? A Toyota Yaris. Not exactly the vehicle you’d imagine packing two historical encampments into. The Yaris is about 12.5 feet long. (For comparison, my truck is almost 19 feet long.) They each have a tent (big, bulky, heavy canvas ones, not nifty nylon jobbies). Each tent has three poles—an 8 foot 2×4 and two approximately 6 foot 2x2s. So there are four eight foot 2x4s and four six foot 2x2s in this car. I noted where you can see the end of them. They run between the seats, to the right of the shifter and down into the passenger footwell alongside the teen’s legs. (Yes, their first trip, this situation was thoroughly inspected by me and they don’t interfere with the shifter, his seatbelt’s function or the airbags.) The rest of it’s a cross between a jigsaw puzzle and a Jenga game.
Here’s my son at Fort Ontario, marching off to war.
I call this next photo “What? I haven’t learned that word in French class, yet. Oh, retreat! Wait for me!”
Not many of their group traveled on to Niagara, so they sat out the battles there. Instead, the teen played French fashionista with his Grammy.
The last night, they let them drag their cots into fort itself to sleep. (Very much a kindness as they had to be out early and packing up those canvas tents wet with morning dew sucks.) Maybe it’s the Short Kid’s new obsession with watching Ghost Hunters International*, but there’s no way I could have slept in this room. But how cool is it that they got to?
He had an amazing time, returning to me Monday night a little sunburned, a little tired and smelly, and absolutely glowing.
*In a weird coincidence, while the Short Kid has been glomming Ghost Hunters International on Netflix at home, the teen says there was a Ghost Hunters film crew at one of the forts while he was there. (I don’t remember which and he’s still in bed.)