Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sonoma County Balloon Classic

Jake and I woke up ridiculously early on Saturday morning to attend the Sonoma County Balloon Classic. We left at 4:45 so that we wouldn't miss the 6:30 launch.

This was actually my second time to attend the festival. I went several years ago when I was staying with Jake's grandma in Santa Rosa while doing an internship. She met us at the festival this year.

There was heavy fog in Windsor where the festival was taking place so the launch time was delayed. Fortunately, the fog had cleared enough by around 7:00 so a couple of balloons took off.

Unfortunately, the wind started to pick up and the rest of the balloons were unable to launch.

We had a fun time walking around and looking at all the grounded balloons though!

This fish balloon was my favorite. It was called 'Sushi'.
It was pretty chilly out so we warmed up by staying near the balloons that had to fire up every few minutes in order to stay inflated.

I'm already excited for next year's event. I'd love to attend the big balloon festival in Albuquerque, NM one day.


M3 said...

Wow! Thanks for the pics; hot balloons are so amazing to me, those yards and yards of fabric, the fire, the take-off and landings....too cool.

Sean Marie said...

Hot air balloons are awesome! Too bad I would never ride in one for fear of having a heart attack from being so afraid of heights! Beautiful picture, btw!