Saturday morning we were up and on the road by 5:30am, which by Fiesta weekend standards is late. We were on our way to one of the mass ascensions, where they inflate a launch literally hundreds of hot air balloons.
|Balloons being inflated before lift off.|
|The Darth Vader balloon was back again this year from Belgium.|
|Two new shape balloons: Spider Pig and a huge butterfly (it's left antenna was having a little trouble here).|
|Took this one for my Mom's friend Al who, like this balloon, is from Jordan.|
|"Stay inflated my friends"|
On Sunday we went to the Taos Wool Festival.
I always get an interesting reaction from people when I say I'm going to a wool festival. First of all, you get to see cute/funny animals. Secondly, the drive is beautiful. Third, there are lots of pretty things to look at and buy. So don't knock the wool festival until you've tried it.
|An alpaca that is cute/silly.|
|Disapproving Llama, disapproves of me taking its picture.|
I ended up buying some very nice yarn to make knitted gifts for Matt and my Mom. They picked the yarn, but the surprise will still be there when I finish the projects. I also left with a warm and fuzzy fleece headband and a drop spindle to make my own yarn. It isn't enough that I spend money and time on knitting and crocheting and materials, I now feel the need to make yarn too. Overachiever.
On the drive back from Taos, we stopped at the Rio Grande Gorge for a view over the bridge.
|My Mom, with the wind in her hair.|
|Taos Wool Festival Gang|
|Me and Matteo|
|Second tarantula I've seen in this area of NM. This guy was crawling around the ladies bathroom at the rest stop.|