So, here we are, ready to go while we're still clean and fresh. :)
left to right (Abby, Amy, Joanna, Amanda, Melissa) This will be useful later so you know who we are in the various things that happened. :)
We drove out to the Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. It's a ginormous park! We paid for parking and made our way to the front. The first thing to greet us was this guy. And his pig.
A girl stopped to touch and the man warned her off with "It's real. And it's leaky." Ugh! I think I threw up a little in my mouth. Keep walking....
Enter the gates, give our tickets (Thanks, Manda!), and see...lots of booths. Lots and lots of booths. Places you can rent costumes from, swords and knives for sale, custom jewelry, hair braiding, hats, art...So many different things available to buy.
We found these people dancing.
Next was the mock battle. It was very dramatic.
|The woman is helping the man off the field. It looks like he is helping her...|
We walked around and saw yet more booths open to take our money. Haha. :) We stopped for lunch at the "food court" area. There were about 20 booths in one area all selling exorbitantly priced food. I got pizza because it was only $4, making it the cheapest option there. And I wasn't in the mood to eat a giant turkey leg. Especially when aforementioned leg was $9.00!! We ate our lunch near a stage that had some actors talking about Shakespeare but ole Will never showed up while we were there. (Christopher Marlowe was lamenting that he wasn't as famous as Shakespeare.)
Amy and I paid to do archery. (I have a character who shoots archery in my third book so I needed to make sure what I was writing was correct. I haven't shot archery in many years.)
Next we saw the joust.
|A quintain! Just like in my first book!|
|Queen Elizabeth I|
Abby, Amanda, and Joanna decided to pay to take a fencing lesson. Their instructor was...humorous. At least to those of us watching. :)
Photo taken right before we left. We're all a bit dusty and tired. And very thirsty.
We took some epic photos back at a field near my friends' house.
It was an experience that I'll never forget. A few things happened that are best not mentioned. Except in the company of the girls I went with. ;) I'll leave you with a video that summarizes the day.
Or not. The video wouldn't upload. I'll load it to YouTube and put the link here when it finally uploads.
Thanks for reading!