This past weekend was the 20th annual Estes Park Wool Market. Whee! Yarn! Cute fleece-bearing animals! What could be better? Well, maybe a day that's not pouring with rain and icy cold to boot? Yeah, I s'pose... But it was a fun family outing even so.
The vendor barn was even more packed than usual, what with people hiding from the awful weather. I'm not such a very huge fan of crazy crowds, especially not when everyone is dripping wet. This probably saved me money in the long run, since I didn't want to hang out in the barn for too long. Many of the vendors were repeats from years past, which was fine, but not super inspiring. There was one booth I'd never seen before, and that was the only one that got any of my money... Creatively Dyed Yarns. Their colors were phenomenally luscious. 2 skeins of superwash fingering weight yarn made it into my bag...
Yummy- like real cumin!
I was not the only one who had fun... Henry made a new best friend.
We went into town after we played. Estes Park is a cute mountain resort town- home of The Stanley Hotel, inspiration for The Shining. There's a little river that runs gently through the town, with a small area where kids can approach and wade in, splash, etc. Well, before the weekend, Colorado had over a week of crazy high temperatures. These temps started melting the mountain snow- way too fast. Front range rivers have been flooding their banks and raging for the last 2 weeks- there have been tragic drownings, property damage, and more... So we weren't surprised to see our sweet little river play area roped off for safety.
The water was raging by, and almost touching the base of the bridge!
Hopefully the cool temps followed by more normal warm temps will slow or stop the flooding... Meanwhile, let me leave you with the cutest guy, ever...He likes to be rubbed under his chin, in case you were wondering.