Saturday, August 9, 2014

Hot Air Balloon Extravaganza

This never gets old for me, watching the balloons fill up and take off for flight. It's something I look forward to each and every year.

Getting Ready to Fill up the Hot Air Balloon

We get to see the whole thing from scratch, watching while they tip their baskets...

Before it had any air

and stretch their balloons out flat, to get ready to fill them with air.

Getting Ready for Lift-Off

When all of the balloons are up, it's really nice to see them standing side-by-side, waiting for the okay to lift-off.


Each of us has our favorite balloon, and is happy to see it in the crowd each year.


And when they get the okay to start lifting, it's really very exciting.


Usually one will go first, and then in a few minutes, they'll all start to go at once.


It's really quite the sight to see.


We watch them for as long as we can see them. They eventually break free from one another and travel to different parts of the town, with their truck following them closely on the road. It's pretty cool to be driving in your car, and see one landing or flying overhead. We've had that happen before too. :)

They're in town a few days here when they come. We always go for an early morning lift-off, and then once more for an evening launch. The one pictured here was from an evening launch. There was also a live band, and the park nearby for the kiddos to play (and boy, did they play). It's nice seeing the park so full of kids too.  It's just a happy event, and I love that they come close enough to our town, that we can easily head on over for a visit.

Do you have balloons come to your area each year too?

95 comments:

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Rosey - they've got a Festival across the country this weekend .. I've never tried a ride ... one day perhaps?! .. but I love seeing them and they look so pretty .. cheers Hilary

Janine Huldie said...

We don't have any balloons come here to be honest that I know of, but does look like such a fun experience for sure :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That would be fun to watch! Some great photos. Funny, in one, your watermark is on the balloon, and for a moment I thought it really was on the balloon. (Wouldn't that be wild?)

Brian Miller said...

so very cool...love hot air balloons...we have been to a couple launches as well...really cool how the balloons all come in so many different colors...and now shapes as well

Pat Hatt said...

Never seen such a thing in real life at my sea, looks like lots of fun to watch though

mail4rosey said...

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mail4rosey said...

You are braver than I. I'd have gone up in my youth, these days I'm getting a little more careful. Not sure I'd go up in a balloon. I'm 60/40 (60% yes).

mail4rosey said...

It's really cool to watch them. I hope you get to see a show some time. :)

mail4rosey said...

We've got a Sugar Bear. He's our only out of the ordinary shape though. Now I'm wondering if they even make that cereal still? I'm headed over to Google...

mail4rosey said...

I love that they come here. It's always a highlight of my summer. :)

Rose-Marie said...

That is an amazing sight to see! I'd love to watch and take many pictures. I'm too spooked to be in one, though!! Good to frame some of those!!!

mail4rosey said...

I've got one as my screensaver. Never thought to frame one, but I might go through them all and see if there's one I like. I think it'd be a nice addition to my desk. :)

Ben Butler said...

I love to watch air balloons fly, but I'll never step foot into one. The idea of getting into a basket and flying through the air using a balloon is terrifying. Of course, I have a sever fear of flying so...

mail4rosey said...

They are pretty to watch! Not sure I'd fly in one either...though in the heat of the moment (haha, not meant to be a pun but it made me laugh), I can see myself climbing aboard. 60/40 chance for me. ;)

Sandee said...

I love to watch then too. I'd be scared to be in one, but watching them is fantastic.

Have a fabulous weekend. :)

mail4rosey said...

Fantabulous weekend to you too, Sandee. :)

Manzanita said...

Oh how wonderfully fantastic to watch. What a thrill that must be to see all that color taking off to the sky. You're so lucy to have that as an annual event. We see a few but not in one spectacular swoop. When I see them I always think of "Around the World in 80 Days."

Manzanita said...

Hey Lucy...haha I should put my glasses on when I type.... even then things turn out Lucy.

mail4rosey said...

I didn't even read 'lucy' when I read the comment. :)

Those balloons make my day...make my week, in fact! :)

Chatty Crone said...

I love those hot air balloons - would love to ride in one - you?

mail4rosey said...

Maybe. Probably not, but maybe. ;)

Launna said...

I really want to ride in a hot air balloon... ir's on my bucket list. This must be a spectacular sight to see ♡

Kristi Maloney said...

Wow! Great pictures Rosey. These balloons are so colorful. Question is, have you ever been for a ride in one? :)

Kristie said...

Hot air balloons are so neat!! I'd love to ride in one some day! Beautiful pictures Rosey! :-)

Elephant's Child said...

Oh yes. We have them, and I am a balloon tragic. I go every year - despite the fact that ours only lift off before dawn. Magic.
And they are magic to ride in as well.

Chrystal Mahan said...

My backyard backs up to Frankenmuth so every year we get to watch the hot air balloon festival without the headache of all the tourists. Sometimes they are so close in our yard it seems like we can reach out and touch them. People wave. Its pretty amusing.

Tami said...

No way! You've seen this? Have you ever gone in one? I'd love to take a ride in a hot air balloon at some point. It looks like so much fun.

Heather Jones said...

We used to watch them take off in the dessert north of Phoenix! Its such a beautiful sight, although I think I would be a little afraid to float in one.

April Mims said...

I love watching the hot air balloons. They are so beautiful! I have no desire to go up in one though!

Vanessa Morgan said...

These balloons are lovely.

The Rebel Chick said...

I love hot air balloons! We went to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque one year and it was so much fun!

Dana said...

They're beautiful to look at, but I don't think I'd be brave enough to ride in one. :)

Marina@EBMR said...

That's so pretty! I'm scared to get in one though!!

Jeanine said...

Hot air balloons are fantastic! I've always wanted to take a ride in one. I think I may be too much of a chicken though they are beautiful to watch!

Growing Up Madison said...

We have a festival that happens around Labor Day here and I can't wait to show my toddler since she's never seen it. Thanks for sharing your photos, you got some great shots.

Ai Sakura said...

One day I'd love to go on a hot air balloon ride!! I would imagine it to be such an experience!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Theresa Mahoney said...

It's always fun to see the hot air balloons take off! I have never been in one myself, and not sure if I would, but it's something Jason has talked about doing at some point.

Janeane Davis said...

I have never been in a hot air balloon. It is something that is on my bucket list.

Pam said...

That is beautiful. We don't have them in our area but my brother does up in the Minneapolis area. We have watched them there several times.

Toni Patton said...

How fun was that. I've ridden in a hot air balloon before and it was amazing!

Mel@Mellywood's Mansion said...

So fun, I've always wanted to go up in a balloon

A Helicopter Mom said...

My mother was given a hot air balloon ride as a present a few years ago. We've been excited about using it.

Christie C said...

That would be so neat to watch...from the ground! My son loves these events!

Dina said...

I love looking at hot air balloons. your pics of them are so amazing Beautiful.

Anonymous said...

i took a ride a couple years ago. It was amazing

Ann B said...

Very neat photos. I have never seen hot air balloon take off or land before. I am too afraid to go up in one.

Fiddlin' Dandi said...

I would love to go on a hot air balloon ride one day! So colorful and fun!

alissa apel said...

I don't know if we do. It looks fun to watch them. I don't know about riding them. I'm a chicken sh*#!

Angie Barrett said...

I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon! I think it would be totally cool but super scary!!

Mary O'Malley said...

We have this here in my town too! It's called the Reno Hot Air Balloon races. I've never gone to see them but maybe this year I will try and go to experience something new.

Maddi'sMommy said...

I have yet to ride in a hot air balloon but I would love to sometime. Michigan is gorgeous in the fall with it's leaves and colors. I bet that would be a lovely time to take a ride.

Chrissy Mazzocchi said...

This looks likea great time! The balloons are gorgeous! :)

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon... one of these days!

It looks like you had fun!

Anonymous said...

Great photos. No hot air balloons near me. Have always wanted to ride in one.

Cory LeBihan said...

Love the pictures. There is a balloon-fest that comes to my area, and while I've been unlucky to miss it the past couple of years, I'll be sure to catch it this season.

Ben Butler said...

I love hot air balloons. I'll never ever EVER fly in one, but I do love them. I'll never fly in anything, though. If I can't get to a place by car or boat, I don't need to go there that badly.

Sweepster said...

This is an experience I would love to have but my wife is terrified of "thrills".

Binky said...

That would be a great thing to see and to photograph.

Gabby OBrien said...

I have never been in a hot air balloon, I sure would love to though! Maybe one day...

Rochkirstin Santos said...

I've always wanted to experience also flying hot air balloons. They look so cute in different designs and colors.

Samantha Angell said...

How fun! We used to have an event like this where I grew up. Another time, we even had a hot air balloon land in our backyard!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I may ride in one someday, would be a good way to get over my fear of heights :)

Rena McDaniel said...

I love hot air balloons and would love to ride on one. It is definitely a bucket list.

Annemarie Leblanc said...

I've heard of these hot air balloon festivals before, I've always been afraid to ride them because I don't feel comfortable with going that high up in a balloon.

Leira Pagaspas said...

There's one in Pampanga which is 3 hours away you can ride the hot air balloon fot $50 for 30 minutes. I don't want to ride it as I am scared of heights.

Angela Johnson said...

How fun! These festivals come to our area every so often. I like the night glow ones ;)

akshay ravi said...

i have never been on a balloon, but i def love to..

Kristin said...

Oh how fun! That looks like an incredible time had by all!

Risa Bledsoe said...

I like to watch these and think it would be fun to go up in one at some time, though I'd be a little nervous!

Kath Rivera said...

We also have hot air balloon festival here in our country but I haven't watch it live. I'm sure it's full of fun!

Sandy Sandler said...

I love hot air balloons. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos!

Rebecca Swenor said...

I don't think I could go up in a balloon. I am to afraid of heights. Thanks for sharing.

Michael said...

I think I will admire these balloons from the safety of the ground.....

~ Noelle said...

hate to say it - but totally jealous of you for this..
I LOVE hot air balloons, but have never seen them in person
thanks for the beautiful photos

Liz Mays said...

That sounds soooooo fun! I think they have a festival on the eastern side of the state, but I haven't gone yet. I want to go though!

Nolie said...

We have a hot air balloon festival every year. We can see them over the city but I do hope to bring my kids to the actual festival one of these years.

samantha amberstone said...

sounds like a great adventure but not for me :P im scared of heights and i think that would be crying and screaming in the air, but i do know people have so much fun and its great to see areil shots of your surrounding area

Bonnie Gowen said...

I've never seen a hot air balloon before in person. It's something I would love to see. =)

Kathy said...

They are so pretty when they light up the sky. I loved my ride in one a few years ago.

MaryJane Tauyan said...

we have big events hot air baloon here in malaysia too! i am scared to ride on those tho, heheh

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

Wow that's actually so fun and beautiful! :)

Patricia Woolverton said...

I do not think we have them here but maybe they do. Looks like something fun to see.

mail4rosey said...

I have not gone in one. :)

mommyfix said...

Beautiful pictures! What a wonderful experience! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Ashley Nicholas said...

That looks like such an amazing experience! Unfortunately, I'm terrified of heights, so I'm not sure if I'd actually be able to do it!

Kiwi said...

hot air balloons are totally on my bucket list!! Looks so beautiful must do it soon!!

Herchel said...

They are beautiful. I totally need to bring my kids to an event where so many take off. It is breathtaking.

Rachel Tindall said...

I used to see hot air balloons all the time when I was a child in WI. Not so much anymore but one day I'd love to go up in one!

Chris Carter said...

Oh this is just so beautiful Rosey!!! I wish we had something like this in Columbus... sigh. LOVE!

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

i would love to see one of these events! Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

Agrawal Apoorv said...

I have seen hot air ballon and wish i would roam in that.. but for now i can't.

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

The last time I went to see the hot air balloons, they were rained out. I wasn't very happy since I love watching them.

jared's mum said...

we have a similar event locally which i have been meaning to check out for a few years now. hopefully we can do it next week, am sure my little man will be thrilled at the site of the colorful + awesome huge balloons!

Masshole Mommy said...

That is awesome., I Have never seen a hot air balloon in real life.

mail4rosey said...

Or make them permanent, hahahahaha :)