Well, the Fiesta is over for another year. We’ve moved on to catch up with our mail, but we have so many wonderful memories. First of all, our friends Johnny and Karen Schmidt from Wichita caught up with us on Wednesday evening and stayed until Sunday, so we got to show them all the excitement that is the Balloon Fiesta.
They, along with 849,998 other attendees, spent most of their time with their camera raised and their mouths open in astonishment. There is no way a simple camera can capture the sight of several dozen hot air balloons spread across a small section of the sky. We heard one of the “zebras”, (FAA officials) say one morning that 605 balloons took off that day in about 2 hours. Our pictures don’t do it justice.
At the same time as the fiesta was going on, the Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival was held just up the street. We met a couple in the RV park who were from Lyons, Kansas. They were selling their creations at the festival and we had an experience with them that is unique to RVers. We found a jewelry holder that would fasten to the wall but we weren’t sure it would fit in our bedroom. These new friends said we could call them if it would fit and they would buy it for us and we could pay them for it when they brought it home. Try that in a motel! Just go two or three doors down and ask the folks there to spend their money on something for you, then just leave their room unlocked so you could come in and get it if they weren’t there. RVers are just a much more trusting and trustworthy group as a whole, has been our experience.
This afternoon we were back at the hot springs in T or C, soaking away the tiredness and aching muscles from the hard work of the last two weeks. AAAHHHH! Now for a good night’s sleep and maybe even sleeping in tomorrow before we do the mundane chores like paying bills and washing clothes. We’ll be on the road again Wednesday morning, water tank full and ready for adventure.