Some vacations are way more involved than others. This was one of them.
I’m not even really sure how to explain Pennsic. If you’re a member of the SCA then you clearly know, but even then everyone has their own experience. Parts of it are established, like the vendors and the classes and the actual war. Parts of it are completely organic…like Fizzball.
Ultimately, there are few experiences where you’re given the opportunity to hang up your normal life alongside the clothes you’re wearing, and pick up a different one alongside your garb. As recently as last year I was looking at my friends who did this with a combination of curiosity and utter confusion.
But now I get it. And I’m going to go back.