Well on my way to beating the 14 launches I attended in 2011. Two down and it's still April. Tonight I had to pay a sitter in order to sneak out of the house, but it was still worth it. Sometimes I bring the littles with me, but they were waiting for dad to come home with supper. I grabbed a granola bar and scooted.
If you'd like to see my entire collection of hot air balloon photos, click here. There are two pages full - make sure to click the tiny arrow on the bottom of the first page to see the rest of them.
Hey, wait a second. A Michigan Tech flag. That's where I was raised! I saw this flag just after Kelly was trying to describe a breakfast dish that she eats that's made of eggs and poofs up real big and then comes down and I'm all - "you mean pannukakku?". Yeah! She says. She and her husband Brian, who own this balloon, enjoy a pannukakku recipe they got from some friends, Jukuri's - up near Michigan Tech. See, it is a small world.
There was enough crew tonight - at least, I was pretty sure there was, so I was able to just saunter around and take photos
Denny and George (not Uncle George, a different George) sealing the envelope
Brian, Jerry (Gerry?), Denny
George, working out his thighs.
Hey look - looks like they're going to fly over my brother's house. I made a quick call home to make sure supper had been delivered and all was well, and then decided to go ahead and chase again. Sure beat doing laundry.
Most of tonight's flight was just beyond the treeline or just behind the houses. It was a tricky one to follow.
I know the roads well enough, that I was able to zip around the scenic route to catch a shot before they landed. Sorry Denny - that ones not you - that's Brian's.
If things were steerable, there were a lot of great landing spots just a 'little to the left'. He just kept missing them so had to keep flying. He finally found this spot and I was all. um. There's a fence here and it says no trespassing and I couldn't see any access. They got permission from the ground though. They always do their best to get permission. The places that have previously said no thank you are marked on the map.
It was a beautiful spot, and the owners were able to show how to drive the truck back. This property is right next door to a piece that we had looked at back in 2004 when we were trying to sell the place we are in now. Made me a little wistful - it's so pretty. I could have enjoyed a million happy sighs there.
But we've got good neighbors here.
Everybody say cheese!!
peace out -