Monday, August 1, 2016

A Few More Balloons

Indulge me while I post a few more balloon photos.  Sunday morning, Callie and I got up very early, loaded the boys in the car and drove out to LSU-S while our hubs were still sleeping.  We set up lawn chairs and waited for balloons to arrive to compete at three different targets and for an instant cash prize.
There were a few other families that came out that morning, some even bringing picnic breakfasts. This time, I brought my "big girl" camera.  Because the stakes were so high for the pilots, we knew there would be many balloons to see and we were not disappointed.
You hear the balloons before you actually see them, as they light their fires to fill the fabric with hot air.
The object for this competition was to drop "bean bags" in several different locations.  In addition, there was a tall post that they could try to drop a ring onto.  If their ring made it onto the stake, there was an automatic $5000 prize.
As each balloon appeared over the trees, Baby D exclaimed "hot fire" and we watched to see how they did in the competition.
There were 31 balloons in all---29 piloted by men and 2 by women.
We didn't see anyone get their ring on the stake, but many were able to drop their bean bags onto the designated target areas.
It was so much fun to watch and really quite beautiful in the early morning light.
My favorite was a turquoise balloon with geometric shapes, while Baby D's favorite was one with cats all over it.  All of this before 8:00 a.m.!!

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