Monday, June 20, 2011

Revisiting America

Do  you wonder why so many different blog spots this morning?  Well, I tend to strike something on the computer after having typed for awhile and erase everything, so I thought this might be the safest way to get the job done.
The  31st Annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Festival began Friday the 17th-Sunday the 19th.  We rode over on Friday afternoon to see the Balloon Glow ( this is where the balloons are inflated but never leave the ground and are lighted, I'm sure there's a technical name for this) but it was cancelled because weather conditions were not right.  Saturday morning after going to West Lebanon to do some errands we came back by the Festival, were so impressed with the town of Quechee( may I call it a "Little Woodstock"), and watched the balloons ascend.  Didn't get an actual count, but there must have been 15-20 balloons, and such beautiful colors.  Quite a spectacle and there were hundreds of people, music, many booths with crafts and food, and balloon rides(we declined).  The Balloon Glow did happen after dark and eventhough many balloons didn't participate, it was something to see.  You would certainly have to love participating because watching people get ready to ascend looked like a lot of hard work.  And then there are the chase crews, so a lot of people are involved   But, before all that, we ate lunch at The Mill, which is a restaurant, retail store, and glassblowing and pottery workshops and show rooms.  This facility showcases Simon Pearce's designs in glassblowing and pottery.  The entire meal was served on original Simon Pearce designs in glass and pottery.  And, the food was excellent.  Our table overlooked the Ottauquechee River waterfall.
  A very special  part of our meal was meeting the restaurant manager, Deanna Heon.  She visited our table asked where we were from, and naturally, we began to telling about our trip.  She seemed fascinated with our travels and began to share her experiences, having just returned from a two-week backpacking trip in Italy.  We continued to talk and share, she has our blog address and hopes to visit our talk at the Senior Center on Tuesday.  She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad.  Beautiful girl, and so interesting.  Our dessert, Blackberry Crisp, complements of Deanna.  Thanks!
 a back-packin

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