Mini Hot Air Balloon Festival

Motor Man and I are now friends with several hot air balloonists, a few of them in our immediate area.

Yesterday, our friends ‘put on’ a mini balloon festival: three balloons launched (almost) simultaneously. The first two to launch were Mark and Marcus.

After what seems like WEEKS of cold, wet rain and wind, we finally had a day with sunshine.  Although a scheduled morning launch couldn’t happen because of strong winds, the afternoon was just about perfect, and the sky was beautiful.

Motor Man snapped this of the fire in our friend, Mark’s, balloon prior to the launch.

This was Tim’s balloon. He and his family have just recently moved to the area, and this was his first flight here.

It was difficult to get a shot of all three balloons in flight; this was the best shot I could do. Later in the day, many of my Facebook friends posted pictures of the balloons as they flew over our little town.

It was a full afternoon helping to launch and then chasing three balloons. But we made some new friends and had a good time.

AND arrived home in time for a gorgeous sunset.

~These Days Of Mine~



8 responses to “Mini Hot Air Balloon Festival

  1. Glad you enjoyed helping out and photographing the balloons and their “riders”. Looks like a picture-perfect day.


  2. Beautiful balloon’s, good pictures.

  3. I saw them all ! missed that sunset, though ….

  4. WOW!!! Our little area is becoming a ballooning haven! Beautiful pics. It really such a beautiful day. And the perfectly gorgeous end to the day.

  5. What fun, and how beautiful and free the whole experience looks!

  6. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    All three were so pretty. These balloons have helped to put our town on the map. You and JR had a full day.

  7. As you can tell, I’m a bit behind in reading my wonderful friends’ blogs. These photos are so gorgeous and colorful. They would make great wall art.

  8. Hello. I have lived in Albuquerque New Mexico for the past seven years. For the past 50 years, we have been home to the largest hot air balloon festival in the world – Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. It is quite something to see hundreds of balloons in the air all at once. My blog contains a drop down in the upper left portion of the left sidebar which includes pictures and posts from numerous past Balloon Fiestas. I also am a part time crew member for a hot air balloon pilot. Here is a direct link to some pictures if you are interested.

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