Sunday, October 11, 2009

How the West was One....

Twas a wild time up at Fort Verde over the past few days. The Farmers all worked frivilously to bring in and secure the Harvest while them Cavalry boys kept them cantakerous Apaches at bay. While the Cavalry was out on the plains with them Apache Raiders, us fellas from Glendale kept the Fort clean and secure. Glad we could do our part. The town of Camp Verde can rest easy once again.

Once the Unit withdrew and came back to the Fort and all responsibilities were relinquished back to the Cavalry we loaded up our wagons in preparation for the trek back to Glendale. We spent the best part of our last day relaxing around the cook kettles with the smell of Turkey dinner roasting in the pots.

It was brought up and decided that we'd all work up an appetite for dinner. So them Cavalry boys brought out the sacks and bats. One of the quartermasters stiched up a ball and we had a Base Ball match with the Cavalry. The Fort Verde Excelsiors, as they call themselves, won the bat toss for home field advantage. With the Glendale fellas up to bat first the match got under way. Us glendale boys batted through the lineup in our first inning of work. When we turned over the bats to the Excelsiors, our defense didn't allow any aces. We played for the best part of 2 hours or so. Somewhere along the line we lost track of how many aces each club had scored. It was more just a bunch of Good Ol' Boys havin' fun.

We got through the 5th inning and decided to call it quits because of the overpowering smell of the Turkey dinner with all the fixin's. The hunger got the best of us all as we enjoyed a succulent dinner. As we were all much obliged for the fixin's and the Base Ball match, the enevitable was upon us. it was time to head the wagons south for Glendale as we have our own harvest to bring in this week.

All is done not in jest, as the Fort Verde Cavalry unit has agreed to come down to Glendale in the upcoming week to insure that we have a safe harvest as well. Hopefully we can return the favor of a great harvest spread as we were treated to. I still savor that Succulent Turkey dinner.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Headed North

With the War getting heated and the Apaches on the Offensive, we have been asked to make our way up to Ft. Verde to help the already battle weary Cavalry. With Fall in the air and the Harvest coming up from the fields, the concern is that an Apache raid is eminant! We've been recruited to help secure the Fort while the Boys in Blue watch over the Farmers and escort them in to Market.

I got the Wagon all hitched and ready to pull out at first light. I have enough provisions to get the family through the three day haul up the hill. I loaded light knowing that the Mountain range twixt Glendale and Ft. Verde is a steep, long haul.

To all my fellow Gophers, I have room in the Wagon if'n there's anyone what needs help getting up to Ft. Verde. The Mules have been out to pasture and are well rested for the trip. I'm gonna tether ol' Daisy and Emma up to the wagon for when we hit the Mountains outside of Black Canyon. The Oxen can pull the wagon a bit easier than the Mule team up that steep terrain.
Happy Trails and God Bless.