So, still here at the conference. Itching to get outside. I am inside the Marketplace from 10am til 7pm so, I haven’t been able to see much. Today it is absolutely goregeous, the clouds have disappeared, and it is a warm high 70′s kind of day. Hali has finally been lured away from my side by RG and Ian who were going to the go cart park. Does sound like more fun! Hali has been my assistant and constant companion here at the Marketplace. But I’m glad she is getting out today and enjoying herself. It is a very slow time right now. The Marketplace fills up rapidly between class times, then becomes rather dull when things are in session. Right now I can hear Shiva Rea teaching a class in the other side of the building we are in. They came around and told us she will be having a “concert” later at 5:30, which should be interesting! I took a class with her at an Omega conference in Fl, (my friends remember well too!), and it was ine of the most awkward, uncomfortable classes I have ever taken! She does yoga flow and wants you to “flow, and feel the music”, very seriously goofy. I soon realized that I really enjoy the structure of the asanas and my practice. This idea of getting into Warrior 2 and then undulating to the music totally freaked me out. But, it seemed everyone was really into it, and her classes are always packed. It’s just not my thing. I did get to practice right next to her in a Dharma Mittra class (before I went to her class), and she really does have a beautiful practice. Like I said, just not my thing….
I am hoping this afternoon’s sales a brisk. It just started to really pick up this afternoon, then a session started and everyone disappeared. People seem to be “waiting” to buy. They don’t want to buy right away because there is so much here to see. So I have a feeling the end sales will be strong. I can’t complain, it has been steady, the people are so friendly, and have had more positive feedback then I could ever imagine. It really is gratifying to hear people tell you you that they love your work. But I have to admit, having people buy it feels even better.
In case you are wondering where the pictures are that I promised to post…well, I had misplaced my camera sync chord. I was tearing the camper apart because I KNEW I had packed it, but it wasn’t anywhere to be found. Well, I woke up in the middle of the night with perfect clarity, and was told exactly where the cord lie. Thank you, thank you! So Hali packed up “the cord” for me today to bring to the show because the wifi signal here is so strong- nothing at the campground. I get out the cord this morning…wrong chord! But I’m pretty sure the right cord is still at the camper, just waiting for me. Keep your fingers crosssed for me. Wow, Shiva’s really cranking it up now! Might have to go take a peek! Lots of moaning over there :p
We rolled into Estes Park yesterday afternoon, no snow present by the way! But it is just now starting to clear up, and we can actually see the mountain tops. Let me just say, what I have seen has blown me away. If you have never been here, you just can’t imagine the size of these mountains! We are at an elevation of 8300 ft and still they rise way up to the sky all around us. Just magnificent.
So today was set up day for the conference. Just a few minor snags, but all remedied thanks to my ever resourceful husband and helpful children! But I have a fantastic location at the end of an aisle, and that aisle is the center of the Marketplace. I can see everyone coming right at me! Seems it will be a good crowd, the marketplace will get into full swing later today and definitely tomo when the main cinference actually starts. So far it has been intensives, which has limited attendance. I am most grateful that my “neighbors” this time around are very nice, and speak at a fair volume. The last show I did I was next to a “QVC” type sales woman who constantly infringed on my booth space, actually knocked my displays over, and was not very nice. So for my new neighbors, I am grateful.
Found a great rock shop yesterday. Just down the road here, loads of finished and rough stones and crystals. I picked up a beautiful Celestite cluster and a unique crystal that has “hidden” rainbows on the inside. We spent forever in there! We then went further into town and checked a few places out, but most things were closed as it was later in the afternoon. This is a quaint little town with elk roaming everywhere! We are staying at a more secluded campground at the end of the road of where the conference is. I believe it closes on Sunday, as does a lot of places here. It is nice though, very quiet, and very dark at night. Hopefully we will get a fire tonight. I’m here everyday till 7 so we will see how that goes!
Well, here we are in Denver! Three days of solid driving and we made it. We stopped last night just outside Ok city, and I had limited internet through RG’s BlackBerry. It was really windy, but was nice. We were all pretty knackered, so we had makeshift dinner, and hit the hay. So funny, I am watching a Denver weather girl on Tv talking about pending rain/snow, and she is holding an open umbrella! She is in the studio, in front of her weather map holding an umbrella…not looking good weather wise. It has rained since yesterday, all across OK and KS. Saw some really crazy clouds, and I couldn’t help but imagine each one of them turning into a spiraling funnel cloud! But we never saw one, thank goodness. Just a lot of open land, tractor trailers, and cows. I feel so much better now when I look at a cow and know I haven’t had any beef for a couple of weeks. I’m not calling myself a vegetarian, but just trying the diet of one, see how it feels. This road trip will be a real test. Especially hardcore cross country driving…you can only eat so many french fries! I feel pretty good though.
A little worried about what tomorrow holds. They are calling for snow tonight and tomorrow possibly here and higher elevations, which of course is where we are headed. The real reason I am concerned is because the campground I booked in Estes Park told me if it snowed, I should call ahead and make sure they were still open! Snow in Sept?, I asked, is that the norm? I was told not really, but there was always a chance…I didn’t think it would actually happen! Good news is that they are calling for 60-70 degree weather by Friday and on through the weekend. I thought, how do these people live dealing with a snow storm on the first day of AUTUMN??!! Almost as crazy as the other top story on the night’s news about the woman who was attacked by an elk in her driveway…