It’s that time of year – the Adirondack Balloon Festival! There are just so many great things in our area and this is one of them. The crowds are quite large and traffic is a nightmare on one of the main roads near our house. There are 6 scheduled launches starting Thursday night small launch, but they are all weather dependent. No flights were cancelled this year, although Thursday night they didn’t fly because of breeze.
We were able to walk to the Thursday night launch at Crandall park, which is so nice because we didn’t have to worry about parking and whatnot. We waited for a long time while they decided whether to launch or not. The breeze was just a bit much, but the balloonists inflated up. I don’t mind the not flying because my favorite part is getting up close and personal with the balloons.
It’s so neat to be by the balloons. It was really hot in this part because of the burners:
More on the Folds of Honor in a bit. There was one shaped balloon at this launch:
While the balloons didn’t fly, a couple did a small lift over to the next field on the other side of those trees. One balloon actually hit a tree limb, but they were fine.
The balloon is made up of drawings from children who have received scholarships. They drew a picture of their dreams and the balloon is them taking flight.
Very inspiring and moving.
Until next year, balloons!