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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Colorado Springs Balloon Festival

For Labor Day last week, we decided to skip sleeping in and finally "experience" the Classic Balloon Festival that goes on in our town during Labor Day weekend. I've heard so many good things about it from neighbors and friends. I've always wanted to go but felt like my extra hour (or two) of sleep was far more important. Well this year, it was different. I dragged the family and with camera in tow went downtown to experience this "popular" event. Here are some of the photos we were able to capture...

The balloons were scheduled to launch at 7am and so we got up before the sun even rose and was surprised at the amount of people we saw when we got to the park at 6:30 am. I'm not sure if you can tell in this image but if you look at the horizon, the sun is just barely coming up (reflection is shown on the top of the mountains as the sun rises in the East)


It was definitely an interesting view to watch the balloons get set up. Here they are testing out the fire for the hot air...

Then they take out this massive balloon all wrapped up. Some used a tarp before pulling out the balloons while others didn't.

Then with a fan, they started filling the balloon with air. It looked like this in the beginning...

and then just a few minutes later, it started to expand...

A few family pics while we wait for the launch...

Some balloons getting their shape as they are filled with air.

Launch time is getting closer...

Here's the balloon that we've been watching ready for its ascent to the skies....

and there she goes....

The photos don't do justice at the beauty of these balloons...


and they are off....

There are tons of people and finding a spot to photograph the balloons minus the crowd was extremely difficult. But this was definitely worth the sacrifice of not getting my extra hour of sleep.  Notes for next time, bring some chairs or blankets to sit on and pack breakfast so we can stay longer.

That's our Balloon Festival experience. Thanks for stopping by.

Till next time,
Grace

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Christy Smith said...

We loved going last year and were sad we were in Utah for it this year! Glad you guys enjoyed it!

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