This is always a question I've wondered, and we all have diffrent reasons... BUT why are YOU involved in this Hobby? I personally (not that some of you may care?) have a few reasons...
1) Educate the public to the best of my ability as CORRECTLY and honestly as Possible (or refer them to others that CAN answer their questions). We've all had the "are you British" or "which side are you again." etc. As with any conflict, history is distorted, romanticized, and snipets removed for the sake of PC, IMHO it is our job to clear the waters and allow those to understand what truely happened through proper interpretation and avail. information.
2) Understand our history better though "experimental archaeology", many aspects of History has always fascinated me, what a better way to learn than to DO it?!.
3) Be w/ my Pards, be in the geat outdoors or even get exercise; I sit in an office all day & it's nice to communicate w/ the outside world from time to time.
So many of you on here, What is YOUR story? I have great respect for what you do, & what you know. Your knowlege and expertise is what we all continue to strive for, & for that I thank you.