After four days of being "outstanding" in my field I am glad to be back to civilization. On Thursday it was hot and humid. On Friday it rained all day and I took no pictures at all. On Saturday it rained half the day and then turned snappy cold.
Friday it was a pitiful sight to see me sitting in my "What's it" wagon at 6:30 am. I had plastic garbage bags spread over everything including my
lap. Rain trickled down through the skylight soaking my wool blankets and everything else as well. There's nothing less charming than the smell of wet wool. I was hopelessly peeling off bits of air conditioning duct tape and spreading them along the seams of the over head sky light in a vain attempt to keep out the rain.
I used a plastic garbage bag to try to make a better seal. Instead it loaded up the water and funneled it along until it overloaded and came
spouting out at one end. I had a tin pan in which I collected most of the water until it nearly overflowed. I then opened the door which wanted to
stay stuck and threw out as much as I could. More water trickled down over the bridge of my nose like some Chinese water torture. I had a little
transistor radio head set plugged over my ears to hear how long the rain might last, as if that would change anything. I could feel the wagon start to shake a little as Northern winds increased and the temperature nose
dived. What fun!!
Despite all this, in between raindrops I still mangaged to coerce numerous mountain man rendezvouers and their partners and children to stand before my lens and have their "image struck". In times when the rain fell too
hard to work, or after the gloom changed to night I stole off to their lodges and sat around warming fires that somehow stayed lit despite the
water soaked wood. I quafed a beer or two plus a wonderful whiskey drink called Apple Pie and shared great companionship. You can not imagine how friendly these people are subtly different in character than Civil War reenactors.
Sunday morning I packed my gear, got some help in loading the wagon on to the trailer and headed for home. I took a quick look at my account book
and found that I didn't do as well as last year, no doubt because of the rains, but it was still a good event because I made my appearance, renewed
my friendships and relived the life of a frontier photographer. I even met some folks I had photographed several times before only to find that we were in junior and senior highshool together many years ago. Stranger still I had photographed one of them before at a high school dance when I was one of the yearbook photographers.
Well, that's all the news from the frontier. Please write back when time
and the inclination permit.