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Road Trip-Sunday Ascent

15 Mar

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

I'm a winner

 

 

Day 11, September 17, 2017

 

After our adventure at Night Glow, I wasn’t excited about arising early on Sunday but a balloon ascent was planned to take place at the Wyndham resort where we were staying. I needed coffee!!

We weren’t 100 percent sure where the ascent was to take place so we drove around until we spotted the field where the balloonists were setting up.

 

 

Rain was in the forecast but several of the balloons took a chance and arose into the sky.

 

 

This balloon crew were planning to ascend but the balloonist’s young daughter begged her father to change his mind. She claimed to be able to feel the lightning in the atmosphere. After what appeared to be talking back and forth between the crew, the decision was made to not make the ascent. It was the correct decision as clouds rapidly built.

 

 

We returned to our truck and Rebekah drove as we followed the flights of the balloons that were descending.

Feeling damp and cold we headed back to the condo for a cup of hot cocoa.

 

Pam caught up with Facebook, sharing photos and catching up on texts.

 

 

Rebekah took advantage of the light and captured a great picture of our view.

 

 

Hubby had declared the day, a day of rest (It was Sunday, after all) So the girls piled into the truck and Rebekah drove us around to check out the town and have a girlie lunch at The Rose, one of the local restaurants.

 

I apologize for the time in between my posts. Life moves faster than I can type!

Road Trip~ Pagosa Springs Night Glow

15 Feb

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

Day 10, September 16, 2017- Evening

In my last post, Pagosa Springs-Color Fest   I shared a lot of pictures from the balloon ascent. We were all thrilled with the event as we returned to the condo.  A minor mishap with one of the toilets required a call to the front desk and someone was quickly dispatched to fix it. Shortly after the repairman left, the phone in the condo rang. Pam, the timeshare owner picked up the phone and we began laughing and chanting “Just say no.” Timeshares are famous for trying to upsell when you visit their properties and Pam sometimes has moments of weakness.

When she hung up the phone, we were surprised and skeptical to hear that she had won a prize basket that included two free tickets to Night Glow, an event with music, beer tasting and balloon illumination. We joked about it being an oops gift due to the toilet incident and that when she went to collect, they would try to sell her something.

To our shock, the gift was legit! “Here’s your gift, enjoy.” Now we had two tickets with unlimited beer tasting and none of us drank beer!  We decided, what the heck and went to the event that evening with two of us purchasing at the gate non-beer tasting tickets.

We didn’t know what to expect. There was a tent with a stage and chairs for the audience and  performers were singing. The music was loud so we opted to sit at one of the randomly scattered picnic tables while we scoped the area, trying to figure out what to expect.

 

I bought some delicious sweet kettle corn.

There is a story with this picture and why it was cropped, but I’m not telling. Maybe the look on Rebekah’s face will give you a clue.

 

Rebekah talking with Pam who is not pictured.

As we waited for the balloons to arrive, I checked out the food options. There were not a lot of choices and I chose a vendor selling beef brisket sandwiches. I bought one, hoping it would be large enough to share with my husband.  The vendor must have been doing a lot of business as they were out of napkins and forks. The funny thing is they were still selling people coleslaw! The brisket sandwich was out of this world delicious, the meat thick and juicy. I have been frequently  hankering for brisket since then, but none has compared well to what we ate that night.

The first balloon arrived and I was surprised to note how compact it was and it easily fit in the back of a truck.

 

 

After our supper, the aroma of kettle corn began to drive me crazy. I decided we needed some to snack on as we waited on the balloons. The line was long and by the time I returned to our table several had been inflated.

 

 

To my delight, one of the balloons was positioned next to our table. The balloonist was so kind to the small children and hoisted them up to sit in the basket. One young fella spent a long time there and was given the privilege of pulling on the gas burner to shoot flames up into the balloon.

 

 

To end the evening, the band synchronized the music with the balloons and put on a breathing taking show of flaming and glowing balloons.

 

 

 

I’m so glad Pam won the tickets. We didn’t know about this event and would have missed making a memory that I will treasure.

PS: In case anyone is wondering what happened to the free beer that was included with Pam and Rebekah’s ticket, they upgraded for a glass of wine.

 

Road Trip~ Pagosa Springs Color Fest

1 Feb

On the Porch
Onisha Ellis

 

Day 10, September 16, 2017

We were up early Saturday, excited to take part in ColorFest and  view the mass balloon ascension in Downtown Pagosa Springs. We were fortunate to score a parking place in the town lot but still had to walk a short distance to the viewing area along the San Juan river. I was worried that my husband wouldn’t be able to tolerate the walk, but he made it!

 

Hot springs along the San Juan river

 

We arrived early enough to watch the balloons being filled.

 

 

This was our first balloon ascent and I didn’t think to bring chairs. I was concerned about my husband standing the entire time and our daughter volunteered to fetch a ground blanket from the car. On the way back she captured this shot.

 

 

While she was at the car, I spied a lone picnic table across the river and rushed to snag it.  It turned out that the viewing from the picnic table was perfect. Several of the balloonist enjoyed showing off and would drop their balloons to touch the water, then soar upwards. This one didn’t quite make it and there was a lot of laughter coming from the folks in the balloon.

I’m going to expose my ignorance here. I have no idea who this balloon is supposed to represent. Please tell me in comments!

 

 

We took a lot of pictures. I’m trying hard to not be boring but I loved all of this!

 

Of course we took pictures of each other.

 

This time a balloon tried a different approach and he made it!

 

 

I like this shot as it captured the water dripping from the basket.  Lots of smiles from the lucky people in the basket!

 

 

We had a grand time watching the intrepid balloonists. As we were walking back to the car we spotted some people taking the waters of the hot springs. I am not positive, but I think the springs along the river are free to the public. Free or not, it was way too cold for us to even dip in a toe!

 

 

We thought our balloon adventure was over but stay tuned, we had the opportunity that evening to experience night glow!

 

PS: Here is the link for ColorFest 2018. Except for gas, lodging and food, it’s free!

PS2: Our daughter’s home that lost power during Hurricane Irma finally got the power back on and her cat, Mia was able to be brought home.  A BIG thank you to a pet sitter extraordinaire, Jennifer Gheen who went above and beyond.

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