Just a car trip

Wow, it's been a long time. I have been crazy busy getting ready for winter and the Taos Wool Market.

As I have mentioned before Elaine and I have been vendors at the Taos Wool Market for years. For those of you who are not familiar with the Taos Wool Market, I can give you a brief explanation.

Taos, New Mexico a historic town located in the "mountains" of New Mexico. Originally settled by the Taos Indians and fur traders it has evolved into an amazing center for the arts. More than 25 years ago, a bunch of sheep ranchers started meeting in Taos, New Mexico; selling wool related products in the Taos city park (Kit Carson Park, named for the famous explorer of the West). The annual gathering has grown to becoming something quite large in the yarn community. The festival is attended by people literally from around the world.

OK, get your favorite beverage. Let's get started.

The first issue to be dealt with in preparation for a trip to Taos (or anywhere) is who is going to watch the animals? In the past we have been successful in coaxing my niece (thanks Kris) into house sitting. With a beautiful kid of her own, that ship has sailed. Our next house sitter was my nephew. Good kid, smart. He didn't even call us back until it was too late to make arrangements to have him house sit this year. I told you he was smart.

I decided to stay home and let the family go without me. When I told a friend I was staying home, he volunteered to watch the animals. Considering he has a wife, children and grandchildren plus animals of his own, all living in his house, I was really surprised he would offer to watch my herds. More later.

We pull a trailer full of yarn and yarn stuff to Taos. Having demolished the truck that would have pulled the trailer, we needed to prepare a replacement vehicle. I have learned a lot about this step. Preparing an Asian vehicle to pull an American trailer turns out to be quite a challenge. Adding a trailer brake controller and synchronizing lights requires specialized parts to be obtained at the vehicle manufacturer's dealership. I wish they would actually have the parts. "Oh, you need one of those special things; we can have it here in three days". I started t