This year we made our usual trek to the
wiles of Wyoming. Every year I threaten to write
an article about the experience. Well even
though I am a bit late, I am going to let
everybody know what a good time you can have
over Labor Day in Fort Bridger Wyoming.
Yes the “Rendezvous” is not strictly
period and you could call it the ultimate pork-E-doo if you were so inclined (ask George, when you
see him about the term), but I’m here to tell you that all that put aside, it is still a
bucket of fun and there is a lot to see and do there.
They generally have between 3,000 and 5,000
people show up, between the people who camp in the fort area and those that bring
their tin tee-pee's, and the “straights” that pay to come in the gate.
There is an ongoing battle between the State
Historical people and the Rendezvous organizers. The Voo people would rather not
have the public. Course, if you kept them out you would have no vendors because they
spend lots of money. The Historical people would rather not have the Voo people
stomping around on their newly uncovered archeological foundations of the original
buildings. Course the Voo is the 2nd biggest money maker in the whole state, so they both
need to chill in my humble opinion. My pictures were taken by my friend Dean
McCoy (a professional photographer, who will probably be pissed when he finds out I
published these) and they are from a few years ago. Part of the problem is we have been
going for almost 10 years and the number of things I take pictures of has diminished
(how many pictures of the fur vendor do you need?)
Here you see some of the vendors on the
sides of the road. Multiply these by about 20 and you will get an idea of how many vendors
are at the Voo. Also that’s the fort museum in the background.
Lots of different people doing a lot of different things
The grounds have ,many different buildings
that served many functions over the years. Interesting to read the plaques about
don't think Tom would look too bad in one of these.
I got nuthin to say here.
exotic dancers, how cool is that!
Serious work went into this.
A few more shots of things that go on at the
Voo. Hopefully I will see some of you there next year.