Have you ever heard of Rendezvous? It’s a yearly mountain man festival that’s held each year over Labor Day weekend in Fort Bridger, Wyoming.
As a big mountain man reenactment, vendors come from all over the country to set up their booths and sell their wares. Vendors can only sell products that were made with goods that would have been available back in the 1800s. Plus, anyone who stays in the actual park can only use items belonging to that period as well. This means all the tents, their cookware, their outfits, etc. need to be from that time period-or appear to be.
My Parent’s LOVE Rendezvous
I’d only heard about Rendezvous occasionally in passing, until my parents got involved. They started going with each other as their yearly vacation, and my dad became obsessed with it. Even going so far as to start buying himself clothing and accessories to “cosplay” for the event. Not only was he shopping actively for mountain man attire, but he’s started making his own leather goods to wear/use at Rendezvous. Plus, he is planning for retirement when he can make enough to have his own booth at the event. This year, my mother even purchased her own dress to wear to the event.
My dad claimed he was trying to be authentic with his frown, and my mother and I laughed at him…
Our Experience at Rendezvous
My dad really wanted C and I to join him for Rendezvous this year. His health hasn’t been so good, and he’s worried he won’t be around long, so he’s itching to share something he loves so much with us. It was important, so we booked a hotel room and drove up for two days at the festival and one night in Wyoming. It was kinda hot and dirty, but the overall experience was so much fun! Not only did we get to spend quality time with my parents, but it was a blast to be out of town and enjoying a very different environment.
Kids and Rendezvous
One of the cutest thing was to see all of the little children dressed up in 1800s garb and playing around the place. They were in and out of the creek, dragging wooden wagons, and carrying toy bows. They genuinely seemed like they were having a blast, and we can’t help but want to take the boys with us one year. They’d probably love it. Plus, they have a candy canon ever couple of hours that shoots candy out to the crowd…
Pets at Rendezvous
You’re also welcome to bring respectful pets to the reenactment. There were so many cute dogs, many that looked like wolves or actually had wolf in them. But not only did people bring dogs, but other kinds of strange pets as well. I heard there was a skunk walking around named Flower (I’m a Bambi fan, so I’m SUPER sad I missed out on the skunk) and I met a cute little pig who loved getting its belly scratched…
Next Year at Rendezvous
I’m pretty sure we’ll be attending with my parents again next year… I found an 1800s floral dress that was my size for only $35 so I snatched it up, and mom bought some cute baby stuff for her soon-to-be granddaughter to wear. You should join us next year!