We made our day trip to Rhinebeck NY for the sheep and wool festival. It was everything I'd heard and then some.
Anna and I took off from Pittsburgh at 2 AM on Sunday. The weather was clear and cool and we made decent time. By the time we started north on I81, the sun was coming up and the scenery was gorgeous.
By the time we hit the New York State Thruway, less than an hour from Rhinebeck, I was as excited as a child going to a disney park for the first time. The Catskills loomed in the distance and the fall colors were bright and beautiful.
I have a new favorite bridge.
It cost a dollar to cross the Hudson river on the funkiest bridge in existence, and worth every penny.
Just across the bridge, we knew we were headed in the right direction.
There were sheep and llamas and alpacas everywhere. We got there around 1030, just in time to see the llama (and alpaca) parade.
We visited the exhibits barn and I had to take a photo of the prize-winning needle felted piece.
We toured the three big vendor buildings near where we were to meet up with some folks from Ravelry. We managed to not buy everything in sight on the first pass, which was a good thing, because the dozens and dozens of vendors there were nothing compared to the shopping further back in the fairgrounds.
But most importantly, at 1230 we met some people from Facebook, and from the Rubberneckers group on Ravelry.
I took lots of pictures and will link to the slideshow below, but here is my favorite shot, my very dear friend Terri who I got to meet for the first time, and Genny, who came all the way from New Zealand!
There were TONS of handknits of all colors and types and taste levels. This was hands down the best one of the day.
We visited the sheep barns and saw lots of fun sheep and goats. The voices on those critters-hilarious. Some were very loud, some were just too cool to bother with us, some were shy, and some were quite friendly.
Anna fell in love.
I'm not sure how I feel about having a llama for a son-in-law, but at least they make good guard animals.
By 230, it was time to get some lunch so we headed back up to the place we'd been before to see if the fried artichoke line was any smaller. It was. I got the Artichoke French and Anna got the fried artichokes. Both were delish. And we got to visit some more with Terri and Lisa and Kim and Danielle and Elizabeth.
They left, and once I dried my tears, we wandered over to watch the frisbee dogs in action.
One last trip through the food barn to get some nuts, and we hit the road.
The trip back was not as calm and uneventful as the trip up. We were both very tired and it started to rain when we hit Pennsylvania again. But we made it back in one piece, just after 2 AM. 24 hours, 814 miles. Next time, we stay for the weekend.