An encampment of the Society for the Creative Anachronism
I had a fun day today. I was walking around the campground and when I got to the group camping area, which is normally empty, it was full of people and tents and it was apparent that some kind of activities were going on.
The first thing that caught my eye was that people were dressed funny, and since I have a tendency to dress funny myself I walked up and asked them what was going on.
I was told that this was a gathering of the SCA, which stands for, The Society for Creative Anachronism. That didn't ring a bell for me but I had a clue because they were all dressed up like people from the Middle Ages. My first thought was this was a kind of Renaissance fair until they told me what the difference was. Apparently a Renaissance fair is put on to entertain other people. But this group does this for their own enjoyment.
Fortunately for me my clothes are so old that they can easily pass for medieval clothing and I'm often mistaken for someone that barely survived the plague, so I fit right in.
As it turned out they were some really great folks. There were families here with everyone dressed in costume, and some even living in tents that looked medieval. I got there just in time to watch their battles in the rocks with all kinds of medieval weaponry made harmless so they could fight without killing each other.
Since I've spent the last 10 or so days mostly taking pictures of brown rocks, it was really fun taking pictures of colorful people enjoying their hobby with their families. And yes it is a strange kind of hobby, and they all admitted that they were just grown-ups playing games and having fun just like they did when they were kids, and I can relate to that. I wish I had a dollar for every sword fight I was involved in when I was 10 years old.
So I had a great time hanging around with them for a few hours this morning. Everybody I talked to were very nice folks and happy to have me taking pictures of them doing something they love. After all who wouldn't want to dress up in a suit of armor and sword fight with your friends.
I didn't forget about making a video of the City of Rocks I just didn't have the time to do it today, but hopefully I can get it done tomorrow.
Some of the knights discussing battle plans
The king of one group lays out a plan of action
The king of the opposing group explains the battle plan
A fair maiden
Attacking the Castle gate
Battle weary knight
A Berber warrior
Where would a brave knight be without his trusty go Pro camera ?