Aye, me lads and lasses.
I spent the weekend at the Sherwood Forest Celtic Festival and Highland Games. I met up with friends who were coming in from Houston and Corpus Christi, TX (part of the pirate crew of The Impaler who attend the renaissance faires). We got camp set up and started drinking "sandcrabs". The official drink of The Impaler crew is coconut rum, orange juice and a little cranberry juice. Rum of course being the biggest part of the mixture.
We then had other campers walk by and we invited them in to say hello. At 3AM most of the visitors had gone and I crawled into bed! Everyone else followed an hour later. We started drinking around noon on Saturday. We weren't driving and we are pirates afterall!! Aarrggghhh! (don't judge) LOL
Some of the visitors to our camp were unusual... but we had a fun time. The festival and highland games were awesome. If someone has never seen highland games I would recommend that you go sometime! Here is a video of some highland games held in other areas of the country and the UK (of course):
I think my favorite event is the 'caber toss' (the guys throwing the telephone poles). There were lots of men in kilts and lots to see and do. I met a lot of new people and renewed a lot of acquaintances.
I also enjoyed listening to the bagpipe competitions and an Irish Rock group called The Blaggards. They were fuckin' awesome! There were huge crowds there! They said over four thousand more people showed up than what they expected.
I was in bed and asleep at midnight on Saturday though. Sunday is always a little more quiet and subdued. But that's OK... I wanted to be very sober for the 3 hour drive home.
Jim on Saturday
(I sweated my ass off wearing the hat)
Jim on Sunday
(awww... much cooler)
'Twas a great time.
Hope y'all had a great weekend. I need a few evenings now to get caught up on everyone's blogs.