Well I promised more news on the DeLeon Springs event. It was hot and sunny, and at least we were not threatened by a thunderstorm.
The park was filled, so much that they were turning around cars. I haven't asked, and don't know why they were not letting people park along the outside and walking in, because that has happened in the past. One of my friends got turned away. I suppose that the local police won't let them park cars along the fence on the outside.
The park volunteers were generous like always. Dinner was great and there was plenty of food.
Swamp Owl was there and did ride Smokee for a few minutes, but Matthew rode him the rest of the time. Smokee took to Matthew and that boy is a natural rider. Swamp Owl said that is only the third person that Smokee has ever let ride him, other than Swamp Owl and Sawgrass. Matthew went shirtless, and when I was that age I could have done the same but would now create a panic and scare off everyone.
Many of us are getting older, and you could really tell in the battle. Not too many running around. There were only about five soldiers compared to about 15 Indians, but with all the guns misfiring on the Indian side, the odds were evened down. Which brings me to another topic: some folks need to clean their guns.
I fired off every shot I had, even if my frizzen is worn down. I cleaned my musket last week and it worked as expected. Other folks fired off only about two shots and that was it. It really pays to clean the musket before and after the battle.
On August 6th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Chris - I've been looking forward to it for months until I stepped out of the house that morning and felt how hot it was. Also, who knew that would be the first day in more than a week that it wouldn't rain? Later, TV weather said that the heat index that day had been 105. By the way, who's "Michael?" - Rick O.
I think you mean Matthew Griffin. I just said Matthew in my blog. He is the 15-yo Black Seminole who has done a great job the last few years.
The weather that day is typical for down here. So It was nothing new to me.
Did you get the postcards?