Roughly 60 miles to the west of Colorado Springs, on the west side of the front range of the Rockies, lies a 1,000 square mile basin known as South Park (sadly, made famous – or infamous – by the television cartoon series named for it). During the mid-1800’s South Park was the site of a mountain man and fur trappers rendezvous. Wikipedia tells us that the
Rocky Mountain Rendezvous (in trapper jargon) was an annual gathering (1825–1840) at various locations held by a fur trading company at which trappers and mountain men sold their furs and hides and replenished their supplies. … Rendezvous were known to be lively, joyous places, where all were allowed- free trappers, Indians, native trapper wives and children, travelers and later on, even tourists who would venture from even as far as Europe to observe the festivities. James Beckwourth describes: “Mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, running, jumping, singing, racing, target-shooting, yarns, frolic, with all sorts of extravagances that white men or Indians could invent.”
For a glimpse of what those events may have looked like you can visit http://comorendezvous.com/Gallery.html .
Not to worry – the pictures of the re-enactment DO NOT describe the dress code for the 2017 RV’ers for Christ Rendezvous. But we hope that we will share a few things in common with the original Rocky Mountain Rendezvous, especially the “lively” and “joyous” parts!
Since 2008, CWCf has held a Staff Conference and RV’ers Rendezvous, more or less every other year. This will be our 5th Rendezvous, to be held at beautiful Glen Eyrie in Colorado Springs, October 15th to 22nd!
Join us for mirth, singing, yarns, spiritual refreshment, and the satisfaction that comes from working to enhance the lodging facilities at this Christian retreat and conference center, home of the Navigators ministry. Most of the work will focus on remodeling a portion of one of the lodges, but there will be other opportunities for those who may not excel at remodeling tasks. Deadline for reservations is August 4th. Call Sherry at 360-423-5022 right away!