Posted by Champ on January 19, 1999 at 00:22:47:
In Reply to: Re: New Pages To LOTM Site & Running Of Elk posted by MMMMarcia on January 18, 1999 at 20:59:25:
: We glided silently by them, close enough that I could have touched them with my paddle, but they knew the water was too deep to try to run, so they stayed put. As we slipped by them, we were as still as they, holding our breaths for fear of scaring them more. The doe turned her head, following our progress, and I noticed that she had a deep, old scar that ran the length of her face, from jaw to ear, and through the eye, which was obviously gone. It was a straight line, and I wondered if it was an old bullet wound. She seemed a very healthy specimen, otherwise, completely recovered, and her fawn was lovely. My mother still talks about that canoe trip today. It was one of those moments you always remember.
>>Wonderful! I know of a few buckskinners who like to trek via canoe, in part for that very reason.
The scar does sound like a bullet wound. Not knowing where you had this experience, & thus not knowing if there are any big cats about, I would almost imagine it being a bullet wound. A cat would've more'n likely left more than one scar!
: There is nothing like being out in nature to restore your soul! Wouldn't it be something to have been able to see this beautiful country in 1757?
>>I always say I was born in the wrong time ;-)
Fortuantly there are still a few places left that you can get a "sense" for what it was like.
My fellow Butler's Rangers from NY & Canada, along with reenactors of the British Indian Dept. & Fraser's Select Coy of Marksmen [plus some full-blood Mohawks & Civilian "Refugees"], trek each year over the old war trails thru the Adirondack mountains [see excerpt below]:
"Since 1992, The King's Royal Yorkers, Col. Campbell's Indian Department and the Company of Select Marksmen have acted as hosts for annual, week long historical trekking expeditions in the Adirondack wilderness. In conjunction with a number of associated living history groups and museums we have participated in these simulated raids living the hard life of a soldier on the march. By retracing historic trails, with nothing but issued period equipment and rations we meet objective targets and follow-up by marching proudly (and very dirty) into the Brigade of the American Revolution's annual Grand Tactical Exercise. We finish with a bang as we put our tactical skills into practise carrying away the laurels and satisfaction of victory over the course of several simulated war games. This intense Living History experience opens a new window on the reality of the 18th century frontier war..."
They also do this trek at times as Roger's Rangers. Either way, I think it'd be a blast, and give one a "feel" for what it was like.
I hope to do this with my Ranger 'pards in the near future...
By the way, with Butler's Rangers, my persona is based in part on that of notorious Longhunter Simon Girty, who more or less went "Native" with the Shawnee & Wyandots during the Revolution.
I think I mentioned that I plan to develop a website for Caldwell's Coy of Butler's Rangers, when I do it'll have photos of us in uniform, on treks, etc...
In the meantime check out the official Butler's Rangers Regimental website at:
Loads of information, and a few cool photos...
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