Sunday, June 17, 2012

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V169: The Pony Express Re-Ride at Fort Churchill, NV


This past Thursday, my parents and I ventured out to Fort Churchill, Nevada, to see the Pony Express Association's annual re-ride event, in which riders travel the same route, in the same amount of time, as was done 152 years ago.

We decided to go in costume - and were the only ones - to lend some 1860s flavor to the gathering.  Here are some photos from the evening:



This was my dad's first-ever event.
I opted for no-hoop, although it was hot
One of the riders being sworn in just before taking off on her leg of the journey
My mom telling jokes behind her fan
Did I mention it was hot?
This was the rider coming in, from Carson - she was pretty beat, and had ridden two legs that day instead of just one.  Riders had and have to travel an average of 10-15 mph on horseback.
Two minutes are allotted for changing horses and riders.  During that time, the 30 lb. mochila has to be taken from one horse and loaded on to the other, then off they go.
The fans were furiously flying in the Nevada heat

Mom, Dad, and me - now just have to coerce my brother and sister-in-law to join in :-).

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  1. Looks like you had a great time (:
    I love the picture of you lying on the ground feeling to hot to walk around :D So funny!
    And i really like that your parents dress up (:

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    1. Thank you :-) Dressing up is new to my dad, but he's getting in to it little by little :-)

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  2. I love the family portrait; it would look great sepia toned. In fact all of them would. Did they have a camera similar to the one at the following link at the event?
    http://www.luminous-lint.com/imagevault/html_6001_6500/6247_std.jpg
    This was the first camera I learned to use for my training as a Still Photographer in the USAF. They weigh a ton to carry around, but are really fun to work with.

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    1. Tricia, I would have been thrilled by an old plate camera, but as yet I've not been to an event where one was in attendance. Chris and I are both fascinated by them, and fancy finding one to go to events with. :-)

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    2. Here is a link to a place that sells Antique and 19th Century Cameras, Enjoy Shopping!

      http://www.photographica.nu/cameracollection.htm

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  3. I bet next year more people show up in period clothing because of you!

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  4. Cool! I'm glad there was someone there to represent in period costume!

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  5. Your parents are so cool to do that with you! Dad looked very dashing and mom was a doll!

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    1. I shall pass on the compliments to them both :-)

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  6. Looks like you had fun despite the heat! I know this is a little off topic, but your shoes are lovely! Where did you get them? I didn't see them in your store.

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  7. I love the brown boots you are wearing with your beautiful dress. Where did you get them?
    Sara

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