Every October, my family takes a field trip and goes to Fort Massac for the French and Indian War Reenactment. We've been doing this since I was just a youngster, and it's been interesting to see what things have changed over the years and what has stayed the same. We all look forward to it, and the best part was that we got to call it a school field trip (since my siblings and I were homeschooled) and have fun all day not doing any homework at all. Little did we realize, mom was being sneaky and getting us to learn about some history in a fun way, so we didn't even notice it.
Now, years after we first started going to the reenactment, even though we're all going different directions, we still get together and make a day trip of going down, walking around, drinking root beer, listening to the colonial era and the Scottish bands, and watching the battle. It's a fun trip with tons and tons of great photos just waiting to be taken.
We start off by going to the fort, hoping they have it open to the public this year, since it's been closed the past couple years, but alas, while the fence is still standing, some of the buildings are not. However, it still makes for beautiful pictures for those of us crazy photographers who walk around looking at the whole event through our camera lens.
Ivan and I went down to the river to see if we could find anything interesting. I decided to take advantage of a driftwood log and make him sit for some pictures. Even he had to admit he didn't look half bad in them, and he loved the backdrop for them. Maybe his sister wasn't so crazy, after all.
Of course, he promptly took the camera away and used my own words against me, telling me I had to go sit for pictures because he was making me. He has an eye for good pictures, and I like the way they turned out. Don't tell him, but I might make him take a photography class with me later. hehe
Naturally, when we're taking pictures, the selfies are gonna happen, so we decided to take one. I held the camera with my right hand, and he hit the button with his left. Yay for teamwork! See, mom, we have learned something after all these years! (wink wink)
Walking along the scenic road by the river, I saw this tree and had to stop for some pictures. I loved the way it seemed to be making half of the frame for the river view. Some of the pictures got a little crazy, but this is one of the tame ones, and it shows the tree off nicely.
One of my family's favorite TV shows is NCIS, and if anybody has watched any amount of NCIS, we all know this is the kind of car Ziva drives. It's too cute, so of course the camera went 'click' again.
Speaking of cool cars... I just could not resist getting a picture of this one. It was parked near us, and I nearly died laughing when I saw it. If you have any friends who are Batman fanatics, like a couple of mine are, tell them we found their Batmobile!
Here's the one thing we can't forget when we go to the reenactment: Old Fashioned Root Beer. Every year, we bring our blue bottles and get refills, and (Shh, don't tell mom) that's the one time each year when we kids get to drink our 'beer'. Never mind that it's the non-alcoholic kind--we just enjoy drinking root beer out of blue bottles and joking around. And getting pictures of the bottles sitting on old faded wooden tables. :)
That was my adventure yesterday....who knows what adventure tomorrow will bring, or what photo opportunities will appear on the way to wherever I go. As long as I have my camera, spare batteries, and a giant memory card, I'm ready for anything.
What's something fun your family does every year?