Today, Dori, Chris and I attended Rodeo’s Second Annual Chile Festival. Although small in comparison to the Hatch Chile Festival, the Rodeo Festival has much to offer. Free, all you can pick up from the side of the road chilies, AND pieces of wood for projects galore.
This was the second year in a row when a overly enthusiastic truck driver failed to navigate a curvy road and lost a load of freshly picked chilies. The word spread quickly through town that FREE chilies were available on a first-come first-salvaged basis. Dori and I gathered as many chilies as we could fit into our make shift bags and boxes. Then the three of us worked together to load a beautiful wooden crate into the back of the truck. Wood from the crates will be used as we construct the Talbotland Wild West Ghoats Town.
A great time was had by all! We arrived home completely tuckered out and ready to rest, but a visiting rattlesnake had other plans. Another hour or so was spent catching the snake and delivering him to Portal where he will be shipped out to a lab that specializes in milking rattlesnakes in order to make anti-venom for humans. We were quite careful in catching and delivering the snake AND we made $20. The satisfaction of not killing an animal AND saving human lives…..PRICELESS.