Aug 31, 2008

Balloon crazy...nighttime style

After enjoying our morning at the Balloon Classic so much, we decided to return for the evening festivities. They didn't disappoint.

We spread out our blanket in what turned out to be a prime location in the thick of the action. The Mayflower hot air balloon was right next to us, so we watched the crew spread out the balloon, fill it with cold air, assemble the basket and gas tanks, and finally, at dusk, fire it up.

The effect of 75 hot air balloons simultaneously glowing was breathtaking! An announcer led the huge crowd of people in a countdown every few minutes, so we joined in yelling, "5-4-3-2-1!" and then shielded our faces from the heat when fires all around us blasted into the balloons.

Gavin wasn't super impressed with the whole affair. Unless I held him tight during the "glow," he screamed. The combination of the huge crowd, bright lights, and late hour were working against him, but eventually he got used to the excitement and fell asleep!

What a fun family activity! We are already looking forward to next year.
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