June 12

Every year in June, the town that I live in hosts a Hot Air Balloon Festival. Basically everyone with a hot air balloon comes to our fair ground, sets up their balloons, races to a specific point, and races back.

We never watch the take off or the landing because our house sits in the flight path. It is always an astonishing sound to hear them coming over head. You can hear the lamps light as they are giving themselves lift. It sometimes is scary when you hear that at 6:30 in the morning…100 feet above your roof.

They are so close that you can wave to them. I know that I was definitely a sight for sore eyes at 7 am in my jammies and bed head!!!

This guy was really close. You can see his hand on the lamp, and read that he was flying for Stuffmart.

This was a fun one.

The boy kept trying to get a picture with their lamps lit, but the lamps are on only briefly. They were right above us, and suddenly……

They were gone.

There are 6 balloons in this picture. All of them were over our house not a minute and a half before this picture was taken. They are all heading back to the fair grounds.

I wish that each and everyone of you could have seen this. It is an inspiring sight. I know I was. I am always inspiring at 7 am.

I have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon.  I have flown in commercial airplanes, and even in a little 3 seater, but I think that being out in the open, way up high, would be so wonderful.  I also always think of the family that escaped from Germany in a hot air balloon.  Can’t, for the life of me remember who it was though.

Have you ever ridden in a hot air balloon?

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Just an average wife, mother, and homeschooling woman

12 thoughts on “June 12”

  1. I haven’t, but I would really like to. Maybe you and I could take a ride together sometime. Maybe we could turn it into an adventure!!

  2. We have a yearly hot air balloon launch at a town near us. They do it in a huge field. Its awesome but I cant imagine what it would feel like to have them going over your house! Incredible!

  3. That is so cool! I would love to ride in a hot air balloon. I remember the family that escaped from East Germany too, but I don’t rmember who they were either.

  4. How neat!! The pictures are nice, thanks for sharing! 🙂

    No, I’ve never been in anything that involved being airborne. Not on purpose, it’s just that I’ve never gone anywhere that required a flight.

  5. That is sooooo 😎

    I’ve been in one, scared speechless at the time if you can imagine that :lol:, it was for Grad Blast at graduation time back in 1983. In the wee hours of the morning there was a hot air balloon at UAA waiting to take participants of the Grad Blast up for a short ride. It was very short – went up about 50-70 feet and came back down.

    Would your rock the basket, CC? If so be prepared to be strangled. 😆

  6. Very cool pictures! I’ve never been in a hot air balloon, but balloons used to take off and land in the meadow behind our house when we lived in Fairbanks, Alaska. It was always fun to see. 🙂

  7. Hi. I can’t say that I would want to ride in a hot air balloon. The name of the families that escaped from East Germany are the Wetzels and the Strelzycks.
    Great pictures Tanya.

  8. No I have never ridden in one…..but I certainly would given the opportunity…:)

    Those are very nice pictures…..How exciting to see those floating past your house at 7am…..lol

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