It has been a very long day! It wasn't quite noon when we left the house this morning to go to the Hoggetown Medieval Faire, but getting in the year was a nightmare. It only takes about 20 minutes to drive to the fair grounds, where the faire is held, but then we had to sit in a long, barely moving, line of traffic for over an hour, just to park. After we parked, we had to stand in a long line to get on a shuttle bus that would take us to the main gate of the faire. There ended up being standing room only in the bus when we got on, so even somewhat poorly balanced Blaze had to stand up for the ride. It was almost 2 p.m. when we entered the main gate.
The line for the bus:
People heading for the back of the line:
Once we got inside we had fun.
Then, tired and footsore, we had to stand in another line, to get on a shuttle that would take us back to our car. The trip did go faster on the way back to the car and we did get to sit down, but the bus stalled three times before we made it to the parking lot.
I enjoy going to the Medieval Faire, mostly for the shopping opportunities, but if this parking problem isn't fixed before next year, we won't be going again. If we have to spend more than an hour in a car, we might as well wait until The Tampa Bay Ren. Festival, later this month, which is a bigger faire anyway.