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Balloon Chasing!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

Yep, that's what the DH and I did this morning. Well, it felt like anyway.
We decided we'd try to get to the Field of Flight festivities this morning to watch the balloons launch. This is a 4 day event where they have air shows, a carnival and hot air balloons launching morning and night, weather permitting. We thought the early a.m. would be better suited since there would likely be less people out and we are morning people so off we went. The information we could find said launch was at 6:30 with the location to be determined. Determined by whom and where do you find out? So going virtually 'blind' to the area of the rest of the festivities, one might think they would take off at the airport in the morning but it apparently doesn't work that way. So we're driving around thinking where in the heck??? Then we saw a couple of vehicles with gondolas in tow. So we started following them. We were all over the countryside. They stopped at one point and we watched while they let a balloon go clearly trying to determine the way the wind was blowing so they'd know where to take off from to go in the desired direction since they have little control. So we followed and started noticing strange things like people standing in open fields, courtesy cars too. Then we came upon a few caravans of folks like us following. Oddly, they pulled into someone's front yard and drove thru to the side and stopped. Actually a couple stayed in front of the house and started to unload. So we pulled off and watched for a bit. Yep, they were gonna launch these 8 or 10 from here. We could see others turning and taking their equipment elsewhere. So DH got out as he wanted to get up close and personal. He'd not seen this before. So here are a few shots he took.



The last two are a bit tough to see but he thought it neat with the barn and then the balloons over the top and then the farmer tending to his fields and the balloons off in the background.

I was surprised they could get them going so close to the trees. I've always seen them in a more 'open' area. But it was neat as there were groups all around us at various fields taking off. It was worth getting up early and chasing them around the countryside. There is some sort of competition involved but haven't figured that out. These balloon folks were from all over the country. Interesting for sure. I do think it would be fun to go up in one. I "THINK" being the key word. Not sure how I'd be at those heights. Maybe I'll try it one day.
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  • ALOHAEV1
    Watching balloons makes you feel like a kid again, at least it does me! Got me to thinking, this part of Nashville isn't into ballooning, kind of miss it now that you mention it.
    3857 days ago
  • SLCB1023
    Someone close to my home must take people up in balloons... periodically I see one fly over my house. Great fun to watch them, especially when they go over a tree top.

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    3858 days ago
  • GRAYGRANNY
    Great photo's.........perhaps in August I will go to one that is being advertised as being the first in this area..........for the $175 free flight I think I will pass but the $10 tethered, I may bite on that...........and here I am afraid of heights. I am so glad you enjoyed yourself!!
    3858 days ago
  • LOUISEH54
    I love looking at photos that your DH takes. He has quite the "eye" for it! What a wonderful way to spend a day.
    3858 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3647960
    no no not me i like to watch but passanger i'll nevert be
    great photos thanks for sharing
    3858 days ago
  • SEKSUNSHINE
    This was a great day for you indeed! Thanks so much for sharing. I've got to get a ride in one of those!
    3858 days ago
  • COUNTRYJANE53
    Weezie, what a sight! How cool to see so many in 1 place. You got some great shots. Thanks for sharing! What a fun way to spend the morning.
    3858 days ago
  • PJSTIME
    Great pictures. I would love to go up in one. We have seen them from a distance but never closeup. What a site. I'm so glad you shared with us.
    3859 days ago
  • KNITTABLES
    Great pictures. I would love to be up in one, that would be so cool. emoticon
    3859 days ago
  • TUFFYBIRD
    The pictures are beautiful! I saw a (?) balloon show a few years ago, and thought it was wonderful. That day too was clear and the balloons were so pretty against the sky. It must be thrilling to float across the countryside in one of those.
    3859 days ago
  • LIBBYFITZ
    That was different! Wow, I am surprised they are allowed so close to residential places. not sure if they would be allowed to in Australia.

    Thanks for sharing. Great photos! emoticon
    3859 days ago
  • LIVE2RUN4LIFE
    So cool! I'd love to go up in one. Maybe someday.
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    3859 days ago
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