|Our intrepid group, loaded up with our gear and ready to go.|
Luckily, we were able to gain a few more participants, making us a group of five, which was a really great number. Not too many people to keep track of, or to start having too many mini-conversations, but enough to not feel sort of weird about what we were doing- sort of a safety in numbers idea. We asked that the participants do as close to late 14th century as their kit could do, mainly to help hone the atmosphere, and we organized a lunch.
Our walk ended up being about 6.5 miles (we got a bit turned around on the unmarked trails), and though it sprinkled just a little at one point, the weather was surprisingly accommodating, even a little warm.
The trail we had taken brought us to a beautiful wooded area, were yellow leaves carpeted the forest floor. It was a great spot to take a break. We found a log, passed the water and some salami, and we pulled out the gaming bags for a few rounds of Hazard.
For lunch we had bread, hard salami and sausage, cheese, grapes, and hand pies filled with garlic chicken. We would have liked to have beer with our meal, but we made do with water so as not to break the law of the land we were visiting. We sat there for some time, eating and talking, and looking out over the lake. It was relaxing. Nothing brings people together like food, no matter what era they are living in.
After our meal, we packed back up with a much lighter load. We were happy to see that we'd made very little impact on the beach that had been our dining area. After a while, we came to a vine growing right up through the middle of the trail. After a few tugs, we decided it was probably fairly stable, and proceeded to attempt to climb it. Because, why not?
A short time later, we encountered a makeshift bridge, and what jokingly started out as a silly quarterstaff duel ended up being quite the match. Luckily, no one was seriously injured, and it was a moment in which, dressed as we were, with only our surroundings to entertain us, we caught a tiny glimpse into the way medieval people may have viewed horseplay and healthy competition among friends.
When we were all done, and back in the modern world in our mundane clothes, we knew it had been worth it, and we knew we would do it again.
So if you see those pictures of medieval groups having adventures outside of events crossing your news feed, and you like the idea and wish you could do something similar, I encourage you to bring it up with your friends. It took very little planning, and a willingness to just give it a try and roll with it, however it went.
(You may notice that I'm wearing a new hood. Next week, I'll share more about that and how I made it)