So I just got back from the Arizona Ren Fest, and it was phenomenal! I met three dreadheads there, including GeminiBalance from GUDU! Her candle shop was gorgeous, and I got to watch a candle carving in progress! I bought myself a metal hair spiral for my dreads, and one for my sister. I bought her a couple beautiful striped wood hair forks, and I got myself a bronze necklace with a stamped cat on one side and a desert flower on the other. Once i get back to Wisconsin and get the pictures off my camera, I will make a full post about it!
The sun is amazing, and though it was fairly warm around three pm, it cooled off and was a perfect temp for the evening.
At the end of the festival, before we all got kicked out, I got a henna flower on my palm, and the guy that did it was named Brian and had phenomenal dreads! He was talking to the man whose wife had just gotten henna done and the man was incredulous that brian didn't have to use wax and could wash the dreads! After he did my henna he was going through the rules to keep it happy and added at the end without taking a breath 'and brush your hair, that's disgusting.' and we both laughed. It's so great to be recognized as a fellow dread-head by others, and I'm starting to believe in the magical telepathy and exclusive club to which only dread-heads belong, because I felt so welcomed and appreciated by the dreadies I saw at the festival.
Beyond seeing awesome dreads, I got a turkey leg; staple ren faire food, and a cherry-vanilla french soda, which was delectable. I wish I had hundreds of dollars and many more hours to spend there. Alas, we were only there for a few hours. We did get to watch the jousting tournament though, and the jouster our section was cheering for made it to the last round and used a flaming sword and then a flaming whip! It was fantastic!
I love love love festivals because it's so freeing and you can just be yourself without worrying about what others are thinking and what they're going to say outside of the walls of the faire. I turn into a kid in a candy shop when I go to fests or cons, and it's wonderful.
I'm in Pheonix for the rest of the week, and we might travel up and see the Grand Canyon for a day, but when I get home i'll post pictures!
I will go to bed tonight smelling of sun and henna and with a new piece for my neck and one for my head. Today was great.