Winds and low ceilings kept us from flying as much as we would have liked for Balloonfest this year, but we were able to fly Sunday morning. I love morning flights, but the thing with morning flights is the ground is still wet, so unless we're lucky enough to land on a street or in a culdesac (our favorite) we're pulling out the tarp to lay the balloon down on. Our main goal then is to get the entire balloon to fall onto the tarp.
(This happens for some of our fall evening flights as well)
It's a great system. It's just that once we have the tarp all unfolded and the balloon put away - well, then we have to fold that big tarp all back up again.
It's a very meticulous and well thought out procedure. Scroll down through the next set of photos quickly to get the real view of our folding/getting the air out of the tarp process.
(at this point our pilot paused and said something like, "I think I'm going to puke" but he was well aware that the job was not yet done..so he continued)
(click on this picture for a clearer image)
We have fun.