|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?