Here come the balloon pilots back from the informational
meeting. See the pole with the yellow flag? That's the target,
along with the large yellow "X" on the ground for the fun flight.
Closest one. . . "wins"!
The phone rang a few minutes later. "Where are you?" After some direction giving and waving across the large field, we were told we were going to crew a balloon and to make our way across the field. OK, here we come.
We were introduced to our balloon pilot, Chris, from the NW portion of our state. He was traveling with his two small sons and the babysitter--who was too young to drive. He needed a balloon crew and a chase vehicle driver. Got it!
While we waited for our pilot and some of his friends to determine where we were headed to launch, we got the first balloons coming in for the fun flight.
Here's the boy videotaping the action.
Our location in the field, typically reserved for
pilots and crews, gave us great views.
Literally, our sky was covered with hot air balloons!
We find a spot to launch the balloon. All of us get to work--well sort of!
The husband's got the guide rope and the gloves. Hold on tight!
Sweetness is about to be upright as Chris blows more hot air into the balloon.
The boy is ready for his second hot air balloon ride. Click here to read about his first flight.
Holding on tight!
And, there they go! Up, up, and away in a beautiful balloon! (I couldn't resist using those words!)
After packing up the balloon, we headed back to the field for Night Glow. Our pilot chose not to set up his balloon for night glow, as the field already had LOTS of balloons going up.
All in all, it was a great evening. Beautiful weather, unexpected adventures, new friends and old friends.
We're set to go again next year!