MELANIE HAMLETT - Wandering Narcoleptic

First time on white water in three years! And Aaron’s first time ever. I forgot how much I used to love climbing up on top of busses and catching a boat being thrown to me.

(Taos, NM)

This was the marriage equality float in the Fourth of July parade here in Taos.  It’s a wedding cake in a classic, old -timey New Mexican truck.  There was also a lawnmower, a fire truck, a Harry Potter float, and big foot truck in this parade.  In the beginning of the parade was the Taos pride float, which had a gay couple from Georgia at the very top of.  They came all the way to Taos, New Mexico to get married cuz it’s illegal in their state.
When people don’t understand privildge, I try to give them examples like this- imagine having to fly to the other side of the country and get married in front of a crowd of total liberal strangers in order to be with the one you love legally.  No family, no friends. Just you, your future spouse, and a couple hundred hippies living in the desert.  It was both beautiful and sad to see.  

(Taos, New Mexico)

This was the marriage equality float in the Fourth of July parade here in Taos.  It’s a wedding cake in a classic, old -timey New Mexican truck.  There was also a lawnmower, a fire truck, a Harry Potter float, and big foot truck in this parade.  In the beginning of the parade was the Taos pride float, which had a gay couple from Georgia at the very top of.  They came all the way to Taos, New Mexico to get married cuz it’s illegal in their state.

When people don’t understand privildge, I try to give them examples like this- imagine having to fly to the other side of the country and get married in front of a crowd of total liberal strangers in order to be with the one you love legally.  No family, no friends. Just you, your future spouse, and a couple hundred hippies living in the desert.  It was both beautiful and sad to see.  

(Taos, New Mexico)

Well this was one of our crazier weekends. And the Renaissance Festival wasn’t the half of it. We camped out our first night in the middle of the national forest in bumfuck and couldn’t find a campsite because they were all taken up by dirt bikers. After getting a gun pulled on us by one group of guys who we stopped to ask for directions from, we pulled into a campsite with only one car to see if we could share It. Here we met this guy, who came out of his tent and pulled this enormous gun on us. After talking awhile, he and his wife let us set up a tent and then invited us over to their campfire. We stayed up late with them drinking beers and hearing stories, like how he once killed a cockroach in his house with a gun, and how his wife isn’t into guns but loves giant knives and has their entire dining room walls covered with them, and how when he was in the service in Louisiana, he refused to go out gator hunting with his military buddies cuz they used live puppies as bait (by far the moat disturbing thing I’ve ever heard). Then the next morning the knife-loving wife made all of us cornbeef and hash with bacon and we played with their four kids for hours. The boy begged them to let him come home with us. What a sweet adorable family they were! I also rode an elephant this weekend and got knighted by the queen and then we had to rush back home to Taos so we could take Aaron to the hospital for his back and we were there waiting to see a doctor for 13 hours and made friends with all the other patients in the ER and then finally got home at 7 am this morning with some painkillers. Phew!

(These pics are of the kids wearing Aaron’s clothes, of Aaron using their man made toilet and of Aaron teaching them the banjo)

Got knighted by the queen thanks to Aaron

Got knighted by the queen thanks to Aaron

Riding an elephant with teenage girls

Riding an elephant with teenage girls

Dressing up like a midevil slutbag and getting hugged by a bird

(Renaissance Festival, Colorado)

Dressing up like a midevil slutbag and getting hugged by a bird

(Renaissance Festival, Colorado)

Aaron and I went on another adventure this weekend. We just picked some random town on the map and drove. On the way we stopped at a NRA museum (barf!) and then when we finally got to the town of Raton, New Mexico, we realized it’s so lame! But we ate at this hysterically awful New Mexican restaurant and then watched Planet of the Apes at a teeny tiny old theater  (it only cost $7!) where a packed house ate their food and talked super duper  loud throughout the whole thing like they had never been to a theater ever before (which I found to be quite hilarious, especially when everyone clapped at the end). Also, it was family owned had and two waiste-high kids running the snack bar and ticket collection box. Late at night we found some ridiculous state park we’ve nevee heard of that only  in had campsites where you literally sleep in your tent on the shoulder of a road. And it rained and did lightning magic all night which was awesome. Then on our way home yesterday we met this woman who taught Aaron and I how to throw axes. For such an uneventful adventure, I thought it was quite fun and beautiful.

Aaron and I went on another adventure this weekend. We just picked some random town on the map and drove. On the way we stopped at a NRA museum (barf!) and then when we finally got to the town of Raton, New Mexico, we realized it’s so lame! But we ate at this hysterically awful New Mexican restaurant and then watched Planet of the Apes at a teeny tiny old theater (it only cost $7!) where a packed house ate their food and talked super duper loud throughout the whole thing like they had never been to a theater ever before (which I found to be quite hilarious, especially when everyone clapped at the end). Also, it was family owned had and two waiste-high kids running the snack bar and ticket collection box. Late at night we found some ridiculous state park we’ve nevee heard of that only in had campsites where you literally sleep in your tent on the shoulder of a road. And it rained and did lightning magic all night which was awesome. Then on our way home yesterday we met this woman who taught Aaron and I how to throw axes. For such an uneventful adventure, I thought it was quite fun and beautiful.

These three just kill me

These three just kill me

Aaron’s go cart broke down in the middle of the track.

And I got scolded for talking on my phone

(Pueblo, Colorado)

Aaron’s go cart broke down in the middle of the track.

And I got scolded for talking on my phone

(Pueblo, Colorado)