So I was a little tired and busy yesterday and didn't get around to posting any Balloonfest pictures yet.
This morning though, I'm getting my Monday on.
First up - Friday Balloonfest and our annual crew photo.
Even a single launch can be a very dangerous place. A multiple launch? There are a lot of things to be watching for. I truly believe that Denny is one of the safest pilots. We know, for instance, never to stand on either side of the fan, because if it were to malfunction (and they can) the pieces would fly to the sides. We also know to never step over the tether once inflating begins. For all these reasons and more, and because of the crazy timeline of this particular launch - Mark had firm directions to stand right there and not move unless one of the crew told him to. That also allowed me to do what I needed to be doing without worrying about him.
It was a bit of a crazy launch. The air show, in it's 2nd year, had reserved the air space from 6-8 for their practice. That didn't go over real well, and left us with very small flying window in a direction that's not easy to find landing spots in. This had all the balloons at the ready, watching their clocks for precisely 8pm. To launch a second sooner could have resulted in some heavy fines. We had at least six people holding down our basket, and all of us watching the time.
Through the hole.
This kind of launch is also precarious because you can't see what's on top of you, so you're better off being the first balloon up so you can keep a better eye on things and not worry about hitting another balloon above you.
Few landing spots equals multiple balloons landing in one yard.
Balloonfesters chasing balloons, means we had to park back on the road and run in because we couldn't get through all the cars.
And this is what it's all about.
Re-fueled and back to the campus for the ballooners dinner (pork, lasagna, cheesy potatoes, veggies and choices of desserts), I had Mark eat his dessert while we walked to catch the firework show just in time.
We then connected with our carny girls who had put in a five hour shift at the elephant ear booth and headed home.
Back on the field bright and early Saturday morning ......