Sunday, October 19, 2008

Nature's showing off

Yesterday, we rented a car and drove north a couple of hours to Woodstock, to see the transformation of the trees into a blazing fall light show. We weren't disappointed. Although the peak seems like it might still be a week or two away, there were still plenty of yellows, oranges and reds to light a fire. Here are a few snapshots from the day.

On the way back, we stopped for awhile at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival, in Rhinebeck, NY at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds. It was a really popular festival, as it turns out--lots and lots of people enjoying not only great food, but amazing vendors and demonstrations, like sheep shearing, wool spinning and angora rabbit shaving (!). And of course, there were plenty of sheep (and a few goats).

Mary bought a skein of delicious yarn with which she's going to make Jeff a scarf.

Our final stop on the way home was Campmor in Paramus, NJ, where we bought a few sporting goods items. Their prices are hard to

beat (although the service could be better ... seemed like the employees were being paid to gab with each other).

It was a nice, relaxing day. It's so convenient to be able to just rent a car from Zipcar--who covers insurance, gas and all tolls--and then leave it for the next person to use ... no muss, no fuss, no hassles. We still LOVE not having our own car and honestly can't imagine owning one ever again!

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