Up, Up and Away - The Peaceful Escape
"Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon." Winnie the Pooh
No matter how many times I see hot air balloons up in the sky, they do always uplift me. They're so beautiful and peaceful.
The valley in Vermont where these pictures were taken is an excellent balloon-launching spot. Something about the views or wind flow or large open spaces makes it a desirable venue. So we frequently see balloons flying overhead. We can actually hear them pumping up the balloon before it launches.
This balloon festival takes place every year on Father's Day weekend. The balloonists come from all over the US and Canada. Many of the same pilots return every year.
This is my favorite balloon on the left. I love the moon and stars motif.
A new event this year was the "Balloon Glow". Once it gets dark, they light up the balloons to achieve a different look.
The balloon glow was nice, but I prefer to see them up in the air. (These balloons are tethered.)
There are all kinds of fun balloons.
Five to seven people can stand in the balloon baskets. The people are always friendly and hope you will notice them and talk to them if possible.
No one in my family wants to go for a ride. DH has the courage, but he thinks it would be dull when you're up there. Same with dd, who has been paragliding but says that's boring. I think it would be lovely, to float up there (it's not as quiet as you might think) with a bird's eye view of the scenery. But I don't have the guts.
“The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath.”
~ Alberto Santos Dumont