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Hudson Valley Balloon Festival…

The name of the event that I spotted months ago and knew that I would make sure to attend is the Hudson Valley Balloon Festival, but that’s false advertising.  Because it’s not in a valley, it’s on top of the world.  Or so I thought as I drove the hour and a half from my son’s house yesterday afternoon heading north, and up hill.  I had constant vistas of scenery below me, and I was looking across the valleys to mountains just beyond.  It was just beautiful, and also impossible to stop for photos.  I hoped for a scenic overlook area, but I haven’t seen them at all on this trip, which is a shame because they were quite plentiful when we traveled out west years ago.  I crossed the Rhinecliff bridge over the Hudson, and again admired the view, but I was almost there and there was no where to stop, so I contented myself with the thought of the balloons being launched into the sunset-colored sky.  And sunset was approaching, hence the long shadows.  I wonder if they knew that the launch had been cancelled due to high winds even as I paid to get into the fairgrounds.  I didn’t catch on for a while, so I walked around and took a few pictures of food trucks, because one was called “Off the Hook” and featured lobster rolls, which I haven’t yet had on this trip.  And shots of the small crowd to illustrate the event.  As they began to blow up one of the balloons I thought we were underway, but that’s when I heard that the launch was cancelled.  Which I suppose explained why there were no other balloons to be seen.  They, the ‘balloon platoon’, blew this one up in order to allow people to walk inside, and a line formed quickly to do just that.  They kept entering, but not exiting, and I didn’t think to see where they were going.  I probably should have stayed.  I heard that they were going to inflate the balloons and illuminate them, but not launch them, but I didn’t relish the drive back in the dark.  The rural roads have lots of twists and turns, and 55 mph speed limits.  Even in daylight they can be challenging, so I drove back to my son’s house being teased by the same beautiful scenery, with the addition of a gorgeous sunset.  I ought to be content just to see a sunset like that, but I wish I had seen it through the lens of the camera… 7-6balloon27-6balloon37-6balloonfeature7-6waffleYes, I had a waffle sandwich, probably because I didn’t have any witnesses at that moment.  I will have two more opportunities to see them launch, sunset tonight or sunrise tomorrow.  Sunrise seems like a better chance of the air being calm enough, but do I want to set out at 4 AM, sigh…

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Sugarloaf Art & Craft Village…

Nestled in a quaint setting along King’s Highway in Chester, NY you will find this village where artists have shops, producing and selling their wares.  You will find wood carvings, metaphysical supplies, paper arts, fine art, stained glass, soaps, herbs, candles, and more, all in walking distance and presented in charming little shops.  The doorways beckon you in…7-6carosel7-6curiosityshop7-6holistic7-6soaps7-6stainedglass7-6candle27-6candle

I loved the sign to the right of this door, “mermaids enter here”, that was too cute.  And on the way to the village I spotted this garden shop and doubled back for a photo.  A pleasant way to spend a lovely day in the Hudson Valley…7-6gardenshop