Ray took some video and some amazing pictures. It was magical seeing them rise into the air. There were over 30 balloons with their crew. The wind was only 1 mph with gusts of 2 mph the announcer said laughing. Not one balloon the same as the other. Most of the balloons remained overhead for the hour that we watched. Here are some pictures and a 3 1/2 minute video.
|Three huge propane cylinders to fuel the balloon.|
|They have gas powered blower fans to inflate the balloons.|
My U-Tube Video, so cool to watch the balloons.
The colours of the balloons are amazing.
|Yup bundled up with my hat that a good friend knitted me years ago. Thanks Jean.|
|This guy landed in the parking lot and I helped hold him down as he changed up passengers.|
|See the ultra light flying in the upper left hand corner? This was one of two flying around. There was even a drone that was buzzing around the balloons too.|
|There is a sundog above the balloon., looks like Charlie Brown is grabbing for it!|
After resting all day, Saturday night at 6 pm we went back as they have a "glow ceremony" where they flash up the balloons to music. Again, it took quite awhile to get the 11 participating balloons blown up and positioned for the show. They had the bright field lights on for the setup but turned them off for the show.
Next is Ray's video of the lighting of the balloons. (under 2 min) He had a little trouble focusing with it being dark but it turned out not too bad. Me thinks a camcorder may be in his future ... maybe next year.
All in all it was an unexpected, wonderful event to be able to attend. Even though it was pretty cold outside it was fabulous. The video is nowhere near how good it actually was.
Sunday was spent doing a little shopping in preparation for our departure tomorrow morning. We will be out of constant cell coverage for the next 2 weeks so will have to catch up then.