It was in Lubbock, Texas. Lubbock, Texas?!?!? you ask? Yeppers! And this is why:
First, I spent the weekend of April 26-28 in Lamesa, Texas, at their annual Chicken Fried Steak Festival and Crossroads Hot Air Balloon Rally. I have crewed for hot air balloons since 1998, and several pilots I know were at the rally. So I attended as a crew member!
Needing to stay overnight in Lubbock, I decided to try couch surfing instead of staying with my friends. This way I would not only get a feel for couch surfing, but hopefully receive a good surfer reference on www.CouchSurfing.org!
I posted my couch request on www.CouchSurfing.org and quickly received a response from a wonderful couple! The husband has traveled the world for several years and has vast experience with couch surfing. They have a lovely home, and I was treated to a private bedroom and bath.
I had a delightful evening! I met another couch surfer who also stayed there. I was so exhausted, though, from the early mornings of hot air ballooning that I’m afraid I wasn’t the lively conversationalist that I wished to be. In spite of that, I was able to glean some excellent couch surfing tips from both the couch surfer and my hosts!
Armed with my first experience, I am ready to surf more couches — anywhere in the US and the world!
(Photo courtesy of City of Lamesa, Texas. For more photos, visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/TheCityOfLamesa)