Flea Market

Trip 2 – Day 31

Friday, February 8, 2013

In addition to the Farmer’s Market, today was the monthly FOY Flea Market located up in Hay’s Hall, the largest of the gathering places.  It is a BIG DEAL here and we didn’t want to miss it, or the hot dogs, or the “custom golf carts” that were advertised to be a part of this event.  We were not disappointed.  There were many vendors, some from the park, some from outside.  Some folks made crafts, some made baked goods, others crocheted, or simply had a “garage sale” of sorts.  The outside vendors brought knives, and bookmarks…….and then there were the golf carts.  I was so hoping for something really photo-worthy; something along the lines of the custom carts here at the park.  No. Such. Thing.  Their “custom” meant new and expensive.  Nothing in pink or that looked like the front of a Cadillac.  A little disappointing, but as the salesman drove one into the middle of the parking lot for my own personal “photo-op,” I guess it was okay.

Dad and I checking out a golf cart at the flea market

Dad and I checking out a golf cart at the flea market

We did enjoy the hot dogs.  They had, what I thought to be, a brilliant method for preparing this large number of dogs.  They were first boiled (and brought up to temp – that would be 165 degrees, just in case you were wondering) and then thrown on the grill to char.  Delicious.  Dad and I split one, as it was 10:00 and we were still full from breakfast.  A mid-morning appetizer.

Hot dogs at the flea market

Hot dogs at the flea market

On the way back down to our site, I passed by the upper horseshoe courts.  Playing horseshoes is a HUGE activity here, with leagues and tournaments.  This set of horseshoe pits has scoreboards, a microphone set up, and built-in stadium seating.  Dad spent a little time watching earlier in the week, and we are hoping to make it up again to watch.

Horse shoe courts.  Notice the built-in stadium seating to the left

Horse shoe courts. Notice the built-in stadium seating to the left

A storm was predicted to come into the valley today, and fortunately for the flea market folks, it held off until late afternoon.  This morning there was wind, but by about 4:00 in the afternoon, the sky became dark and full of clouds and the wind howled.  About a half-dozen raindrops fell on the roof of the Hag, and by 7:00, the wind stopped and the “storm” was over.  No wind and rain to lull us to sleep.  I guess we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for that.

Big wind and dark clouds

Big wind and dark clouds

Today’s Weather:  Wind in the morning, sun, then LOTS of wind, and a miniscule amount of rain.

Daytime temperature:  In the 60’s

Nighttime temperature:  In the 40’s

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