Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Hot Air Balloons

Today's photos are all from the Natl Balloon Classic that's held every year in Indianola, Iowa. We were there a couple of years ago. It was a ton of fun. Unfortunately I didn't realize until we had to head back home that we were only a short drive from Madison County - of Bridges fame. So I definitely want to go back again and do the Bridges of Madison County AND the Hot Air Balloon Festival. Sometime I want to see the balloons in Albuquerque too.


Some of these aren't totally clear - it was early in the morning and the sun hadn't burned through the haze yet. We were at the county fairgrounds and all of a sudden dozens of balloons started rising over the hill coming toward us. It was suitably incredible.


It's fun sharing old pictures, but I am going to be happy when the gardens start blooming and I can share some current photos of flowers!! Chilly and rainy today. We need the rain, so no complaint there. (well, as long as it's nice again tomorrow!)


If I had a hot air balloon, I would probably choose colors like the balloon on the left.



The bottom picture was taken the night before. They had musical groups performing and a few of the balloons were lit for a night glow. It was very cool.







7 comments:

Mon said...

Hey, The balloons are neat--we saw the ones in New Mexico---just happened to be driving into the area in the morning, came over a hill and there they were!!!!!!!!!! Just Beautiful...

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kris said...

I'm thinking New Mexico definitely has to be on our list of things to do. Iowa show is great but a fraction of the size of NM.

Kitt said...

Wow. That's a lot of balloons! Lovely.

I surprised my mother with a balloon ride once in Steamboat Springs. They called our hotel early to give us the go-ahead, and I told her, "Get up! We're going riding!" So she was all mentally prepared for a horse until we got to the balloon field. It was a way cool experience.

kris said...

Sounds cool - I've never been up in one. We love Steamboat Springs - can imagine that would be wonderful from the air.

Anonymous said...

Cool photos.

Mark said...

Neat Blog!

kris said...

Hey Anon and Mark - thanks for checking out my blog. Come back anytime to see what's new.