As the Balloons lifted off this morning, they first headed
southwest and then as they rose, they shifted to the west. Higher
up they caught a wind to the northeast. After passing the "X", they
dropped down to go back to the southwest. Then as they passed back
over the target, they dropped their flour bombs and returned to the park
where they had taken off a couple of hours earlier.
We saw many different balloons, an Ark, Smoky
the Bear, A flying Cow and a giant frog. The cow must be a least
twice the size of a typical balloon
||The first balloons are up! We arrived at 6:30 A.M.,
just before sunrise and just moments before the eagle began to be inflated.
100 balloons were here for the annual Reno Hot Air Balloon Race.
Following the eagle was the lead balloon, a pig!
The lead balloon goes out about five to ten miles, lands,
and lays out an "X" on the ground. Then all of the other balloons
that are in the "race" try to maneuver over the "X" and drop a flour bag
on the target.
Can you tell what the balloon on the ground is?
|| Did you guess it was Tony?
The rest form a trail all the way back to the park and some
are still just taking off as I took the picture. Also, don't forget
that they head in the opposite direction at first until they are high enough
to catch a wind to the northeast.
And a cold champagne would be nice for the winner but in
this case I guess it's a hot champagne. And now to settle it once
and for all. Does champagne rise faster than syrup?
||Here is a zoomed in shot. Far in the back near
the ground is the pig. It's about seven miles away just over a ridge
in a clearing for a new housing project. The "X" is being laid and
the others are in pursuit. About one-third of the balloons can be
seen in this picture.
There was a climbing wall at the park this morning so the
boys tried out a little rock climbing. I hope they don't get too
interested in it. It will mean more gear we'll have to tuck away
into the trailer.
||Is this what they mean when you ship via air express?
We got to watch Scott Peterson, the Northwest's infamous
"Reptile Man". He handles these animals with ease and often has dangerous
snakes crawling on him. The kids were sure watching intensely.
||These last four shots were taken in Marysville Washington.
We came to our old home town to pick up our new truck. We ended up
spending two weeks taking care of business and visiting friends and family.
Here, we went to Quil Ceda Elementary, (the boy's old school), to participate
in an after- school assembly.
Next, we head south along the Oregon coast.
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