Survival New Mexico: August 16-17
El Rancho de las Golondrinas asks how well we’d survive life in Colonial and Territorial New Mexico. Sometimes I wonder how good I am at surviving it right now in the 21st century, but certainly if you took away my fridge and I had to venture out hunter-gathering, I’d go hungry.
Hence the Survival: New Mexico weekend at El Rancho de las Golondrinas, just south of Santa Fe, caught my eye. The event is this Saturday and Sunday, August 16 and 17, 2014, with activities for adults and kids on traditional skills, and some handy modern day outdoor survival skills too.
If you’re in the mood for a day trip, admission for the Survival New Mexico event is $8 for adults, $6 for teens aged 13-18, and free for kids aged 12 and under. Seniors aged 62+ pay $6.
Activities and talks include:
- An archery and atlatl workshop to learn how to shoot
- Learn how to make fire when you don’t have any matches to hand
- Make mini adobe bricks
- The art of fiber arts – before wool there was yucca
- Black powder weaponry demonstration
- Civil War medicine – just a talk, not practicing it on each other 😉
- Wilderness first aid by the American Red Cross
- How to make a wilderness shelter
- Learn how to cook ginger bread in a Dutch oven, weave a survival bracelet, attend the leather craft workshop, or kids can make a felt snake
- Backyard composting, harvesting honey, and food preservation
Plus flintknappers, mountain man survival stories, horno bread, and more. Some activities are only on one day, and you can see the full schedule at the El Rancho de las Golondrinas events page.
Survival: New Mexico weekend:
- When: August 16-17, 2014
- Time: 10 am – 4 pm
- Where: El Rancho de las Golondrinas
- Admission: $8 adults, or $6 for seniors (62+) and youth aged 13-18. Free for kids aged 12 and under
El Rancho de las Golondrinas directions to the living history museum on 200 pastoral acres just south of Santa Fe are pretty straightforward. It’s easy to find, off 1-25 exit 276. Take a left onto state road 599 and keep left. It’s well-signed and just a few minutes from that exit.