After I got paid, it was obvious, I thought, that a little trip was well deserved. My boss was, in fact, giving me a period of time off work. So I hitched a short ride off to Illinois. Not many people were willing to give me the ride, as Illinois was west of the Appalachian Mountains, and they were too cautious of the law.
Finally, I got to Illinois. The very first thing that I saw was a group of people talking to small children. I walked over to a little group just in time to hear Leon duBois and Catherine (well, really only Catherine) teach us about the children's latest fashions. Some of the kids were clearly new to the time period, and had many questions that most people would know the answer to after living in the colonies for a week!
I learned a lot about children's clothes anyway, and also about a long list of other topics including, education, inn-keeping, carpenting, land, and the list goes on.
I feel that my short vacation was not only a time of escaping from normal life as the knacker's apprentice, but also a very valuable experience. Did you know that a hat costs about what the average teacher makes in a year? Well, did you know that a girl had straps on her gown that tied to her mother's apron until she was of marriageable age? Did you know that an inn can get taxed for charging too much? These are questions I ask to people I found after the vacation. No one answered "yes" to any of them.