I have been taking it easy lately. It feels good to spend time out doors, and catch up on things behind the scenes. My son and I took a side trip to see the Balloon Rally going on in the Monroe, WI. It’s a lovely small town in the southern part of our state. We ate hamburgers and ice cream from the food vendors, and listened to live jazz and blues music while we watched the balloons. A perfect summer’s evening in my book.
I have always wanted to see the Balloon Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I had no idea such a thing existed here in Wisconsin. I happened to see an ad for this event that they haven’t had in almost 5 years. What are the odds?
We arrived at the fair grounds just in time to see the balloons filling up and taking off into the horizon.
They are of course absolutely huge! So graceful and beautiful!
We were fortunate enough to be right below the flight path….
You would be surprised how loud they are as they release the hot air into the balloon. It seemed like we were so close we could have touched the basket!
Have you ever read Around the World in 80 Days? Seeing the balloons makes me want to read it again, such a great book!
As the balloons disappeared behind us, we would turn around and there would be another one up in the air ready to take off. There were 6-8 balloons total. They all took off at once and made a short 6 mile trip into the countryside. Then they descend to the ground, pack up the balloon, and bring it back to the rally for another go. The last take off of the day is just before sunset. They call it “The Balloon Glow”.
This balloon was even more beautiful than the first! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to go for a ride in a hot air balloon? Definitely on my bucket list! #yesIamcrazy
There were dozens of photographers at this event. I couldn’t wait to see how the pictures came out. I wasn’t disappointed.
The last balloon to take off was named Tequila Sunrise. What a great name! Such summer fun! What are you doing for fun this summer?