Silly Guy had a project to go on a dry seed hunt. I wanted to take him somewhere we would find a more native selection. I thought...the lake. We hopped in the van across 10 miles of desert. The drive was nice and much shorter from our house than the hotel. The lake is such a peaceful place so the kids and I are excited it isn't far from home. As we were driving we saw three herds of wild horses grazing. It's like seeing sea turtles swimming in the ocean...beautiful.
Once we reached the lake and since we got there so quickly we decided to go a little further to somewhere we hadn't been-Fort Churchill. We were so glad we did! It was a neat place!
A little history...
The Mess Hall- The diet of the typical frontier soldier consisted of beef, beans, saltpork, coffee, and some condiments such as sugar, salt, molasses, and vinegar. The men rarely were able to eat vegetables. Gardens were cultivated to supplement their diets. Each company had their own cook rarely trained. The favorite cooking method was boiling. They would combine meat and vegetables into stews called "slumgullion" or just "slum". The company cook was called the "slumburner". Sound yummy?
Barracks...Enlisted life was tough on the fort. The fort was an isolated, dreary outpost with a $13.00/month pay day. The hardships and low pay caused many of the men to desert. Enlisted barracks(lower right)had dirt floors were furnished with bunks and chairs. Unlike most of the frontier post, soldiers had the luxury of their own bunk. The bunks were furnished with a blanket and made of straw. However, the officer quarters(lower left)were excellent. Each had a parlor, dining room, two bedrooms and an attached woodshed with an indoor privy. The officer quarters were described in 1864 as "the most comfortable quarters on the coast. Many of the officers had their families living on post with them too.
We saw a nature trail path and the kids were begging me to go. I am just not comfortable enough with the area yet(especially without dad) and because of these guys...
Learning more about our new home...Great find!