The Jackpot being all the photos ops that could possibly be crammed into one 24 hour period. Or maybe it’s the jackpot of having your lifelong friend be the one person who would be willing to pull the car off to the side of the road to capture, or try to capture, the scene that has caught your eye. What a treasure it is to have someone in your life who has been your best friend since childhood. Somehow our interests, and also our worries, have always been compatible. We haven’t lived in the same state since we graduated from college together, but that hasn’t mattered a bit. And we are now finding our way alone in life, but together. Yes, I certainly hit that jackpot.
But this particular jackpot took place at the Quechee Balloon Festival on Sunday morning. We actually went on Saturday, almost all of the photos we took were on Saturday, and it was a perfect day from the cardinal we saw as we started our day (a husband or two stopping by to cheer us on?), the glorious lunch we got at Simon Pearce (gazpacho soup and a fabulous quiche, two grown up ladies such as we may have pictured ourselves years ago when we were little girls together), and the lovely day with blue skies sandwiched between days of rain in the weather forecast. Yes, all was going well, and then the clouds got heavier and the winds came up, and we started fearing the balloons wouldn’t go off at 6PM. Which is about when I realized I didn’t have my phone. I lose things often, but not usually my phone, which currently is my lifeline for this adventure I’m on. We gave up on looking, left info to reach us, and went back to the campground with a damper now weighing down the entire day. Only they did call! They had my phone! We decided to wait until sunrise to go back to Quechee and got my phone, and also saw the balloons launch! Every good story needs some drama, and this was no exception. We made it back to the campground in time for the wonderful Father’s Day breakfast the owners put on for everyone.
Quechee has a covered bridge, we’ve taken pictures of it before, but it was the kids under the bridge that I hadn’t ever seen before. Jumping off the cliffs (sort of) and into the water. Do they really know that there are no rocks hidden under the water? It was nerve wracking to watch, but of course we took pictures. These aren’t as clear as I wish they have been but they do show the scene.
But it was the balloons we came for, the third time I had come to a balloon launch and the sixth time for my friend, but we saw the balloons for the first time together.
Quite an eventful 24 hour visit. Can’t wait for the next one…