I appear to have an internet connection again (apparently Internet Explorer was screwing us up - go figure) so here are some photos of the last week.
Last week we went to a balloon launch. It didn't go so well - bad wind conditions. (Therefore, no cool photos.) There were a couple narrow misses with some of the balloons, and as we drove back home we saw five balloons landed in town, a few miles from the launch site - meaning between power lines - which is precision flying for hot air balloons. But the Goober was fascinated. Moreso once we drove past those landed balloons and she saw people near them and she figured out the scale. THEN she was interested.
Here she is going "ARGH! THIS SUNLIGHT IS REALLY BRIGHT!"
Then, we did the local parade on Saturday. It was much smaller than the husbeast and I remembered; financial mess and a shrinking population base led to fewer, less elaborate floats. The marching bands we both played in were about a sixth the size they were when we were kids. That alone was pretty shocking. The parade also triggered lovely (? still not sure) memories of marching seven miles in August heat, carrying a tuba.
Here's the Goob saying "Eeeeee! A PAWADE!"
And here she is, getting to know the mascot of the local college. (Whoever was in that costume did a great job, and probably sweat off ten pounds.)
The excitement of the festival is over and our town has returned to normal. The Goob's probably disappointed, but the rest of us are relieved.
Next on the list: Tour of the local chocolate factories, or a trip to the zoo.