It was just time! Time to go! Time to go WEST! Time to get out of the hot summer Florida heat and get away from our routine! I hadn’t been to the desert in a very long time, but I knew my kids would love it, and I needed to fill my creative soul with ART! New Mexico here we come! The trip was two-fold. My kids would have to put up with me wandering the streets of uber artsy Santa Fe, and in return, I’d make sure they got a ride in a hot air balloon at the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival! Sounds fair! We loved the whole trip!
Santa Fe: The street markets were full of color!
Lots of glass too!
We even squeezed in the Georgia O’Keefe Museum (She’s from Wisconsin too, you know!)
I also made a quick stop to the Bullseye Resource Center in Santa Fe. Back when I was a flight attendant, I would make a regular pilgrimage to their one in Portland and I enjoyed this one too!
After a couple of days of ballooning..it dawned on me that our Balloon Trailer needed an artsy touch. I was inspired! I asked around for a Sharpie, and started drawing all over it. People watched. I was having fun! Soon my kids wanted to draw on it too! Then, I decided that I needed paint..but I also decided to “let it go…!”
Except that….the next day, our balloon landed in the parking lot of Home Depot. I could NOT RESIST the temptation!!!! I made the mad dash for paint, brushes, tape etc etc…as fast as I could! The balloon pilot was not gonna wait for me!
When we got back to the balloon field, I got started! Soon EVERYONE wanted to help me paint this thing! My friend, Ellen, even remarked that I WAS MORE OF A HIT than the balloons!!! See?! Once again…ART has taken front and center stage of our experience! I love the new look! A huge amount of thanks to our hosts, Rick and Laurie…Breaking Wind….
And, if you ever go to a Hot Air Balloon Event..you’ll soon find out that EVERY PICTURE you take is BEAUTIFUL!!!! Cheers!!