How We Earn Our Daily Bread...

Doyle and I Cookin' In The Kitchen
Good Friends Pat and Dana's Camp, she makes my corsets
Our Kitchen Right on the River
Connie listens to a wandering musician!

Frontier Family

Sure, wait to take a picture when the plastics out!

Riverine Traders Mike and Susan, very good friends and excellent camp!

Mike amoungst the Furs...Beautiful Camp!

Great Camp!

Booshway's, (The Man in Charge), Quarters

And if you go away Hungry, it's Your Own Darn Fault!
Western Omelets and All-You_Can-Eat Blueberry Buckwheats

I thought you might like to see how we earn a living cooking for Historic Events.

This week we are at Lost falls Campground, a very nice RV Resort on the Black River, near Black Rivers Falls Wisconsin. Ed and Rose host a "Rendezvous" every Spring, to reenact the Fur Trade Area.

We take over the primitive camping area on the river, and park our Fifth Wheel on the hill in the resort section.

This is one of the nicest Events we do all year. We get to dress up, teach and cook all day and go back to TV, air conditioning and full hook ups at night.It's the best of both worlds.

Now lest you think it's all grins and giggles and think this is a grand way to make a living, think again.

Both Doyle and I have extensive back rounds in historical research. We teach about life in the early 1800's. So right off the bat, you have to know quite a bit about you can answer questions from the public, such as, "Is that real fire?" "Do you dress this way all the time?" "Did people really eat this stuff?" (All of which can be answered yes, in case you're wondering).

We also have a huge and complicated set up, our tent is 40'X40' and is filled with heavy cooking equipment that has to be all taken apart and lugged to the 14' garage of the Toy Hauler Garage every event.

We have to meet And exceed health and sanitation codes of all 50 states, so we spend an incredible amount of time cleaning and re cleaning everything. All without running water.

We have no electricity to help us out, and often we have to transport water to the site ourselves, to make sure we have a sanitary source. Often 400 gallons or more, (we spend a lot of time filling water cans in the moonlight...ah, romance!).

We get up at 4:30 am and are often in bed by 8:30 pm during events, often missing all the fun stuff that happens at night, such as sing alongs and bonfires.

Then there is the weather. We have been snowed on, rained on and tornadoed out over the years, as well as flooded, hailed and burned up too. It's the nature of the business and some times we just can't get a break.

Then we clean it all up, pack it up and move on to the next event.

But, if the weather's good and people come out to see us, we have a good time, and usually make enough to get to our next event.

You really have to like the lifestyle and have a sense of humor about it all.

It gives us a chance to travel, and to meat some really interesting people who live and breath history, if that's your sort of thing.

We often have to boondock, but we get to camp and set up in some of the loveliest historic parks in the country that the average guy would never be allowed to camp in, no matter how nice his rig or how much we was willing to pay to stay there.

When we have time, I get to continue my research on clothing through the ages and make some fantastic clothes, when Doyle gets some free time he is a metal smith and a Black Powder Rifle World Champion, as well as a Champion Tomahawk thrower.

We don't get much time to play these days, as the kitchen has become more and more popular over the years and we can't get away to do anything else.
Luckily, all our friends come in to eat with us, so at least we get to visit between Fry Breads and Root Beers.

We think it's special, and we don't mind hard work, so it is the life for us!

If you check our calendar or go to our kitchen page, you can see where we are next and come to see us, but watch out, we may put you to work!


Kevin and Ruth said...

Interesting stuff, thanks for sharing. Would sure like to visit with you folks some day. I notice the prices are not historical... :-)

Pat said...

I'd help you out,but I don't think I got the proper attire.

A Arizona Holiday

Ashley said...

What a cool way to make a living! I don't know that I have the stamina for it! Good luck with everything and great pictures!

Alex and Linda said...
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Alex and Linda said...

we hope to meet you two some day... we are seriously considering heading down the same path.

CaptCody2 said...

Terri & Doyle, you folks are just awesome!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story! Hopefully we'll have the pleasure & privilege to meet you two some day as we're gearing up to going RVing full time next year ourselves. (You can easily recognize us as I'm the biggest and ugliest guy you could ever want to meet and my wife of 13 years is the most beautiful and wonderful woman I could ever hope to meet.hehe) May good fortune smile upon you both always!!

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