After taking in some more of the sights, we decided to share a BBQ sandwhich. We were surprised that there were not more BBQ vendors - we only saw 3 or 4 and the menu was the same.....BBQ sandwhich, BBQ plate and Pig Fries (curly cue potatos). Regardless, the sammy was yummy and hit the spot! There were other booths selling the tradional fair/festival food and we stopped by a booth that was operated by a local church and split a homemade fried apple pie. After that, the crowds starting multiplying so we decided it was time to head to Statesville for the Balloon Festival.
Going to a Balloon Festival was on my "bucket list" and I always thought we would have to go to New Mexico to see one. But alas - while watching PBS a few weeks ago, we saw the Statesville Festival advertised and put it on our list.
We got parked and went to the shuttle line. After a bit of a wait, we decided to "hoof it" since the shuttle was taking awhile and surely we could use the exercise. The walk that was supposed to be only 15 minutes turned into a 50 minute hike!! We finally made it to the entrance and hunkered down on a ledge of a hill with a couple we had met on the walk to the festival. After about 15-20 minutes, there was a flurry of activity. I was like a kid in a candy store and took over 100 pictures! Here are some of my favorites.....
|First ones airborne!|
|Look at those balloons!|
|One of my favorites....|
|....flying right over top of us!!|
|Up, up and away....|
|Three more going up!|
|I loved the Balloon Festival!!|
|Our view as we were leaving....|
Dan has always wanted to go up in a balloon so I may have to see if we can cross this off of his "wish list" sometime down the road. They were having rides the next day but you had to be there at 7am and we both figured we would like to see different scenery than Statesville (like the Grand Canyon!). It was also a bit pricey for our budget - $225 per person.
We had a great day and the weather was perfect. Today we are doing a few repairs/maintenance (Dan aka McGyver is fixing the dresser in the bedroom as I type!) and then relaxing the rest of the day. The campground we are at has quite a few hiking/biking trails so am quite sure we will venture out on these again today as well!
Have a good week!