After the Flight

As we returned to the launch field after our flight in the Nelly-B, driving through town I was able to see balloons still in the air as well as some that had landed.  The sky was magical with all of these fascinating balloons floating about above the hustle and bustle of folks going about their lives.  Where some of the balloons landed was interesting as I pondered how would their chase crews get to them like the one balloon that landed in a fenced corral.

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Once back at the launch field I stood and gazed at the balloons that had landed along with those that were slowly coming back to earth.  Some of them had some less than traditional chase vehicles.

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And then there was this one balloon that I watched come in closer and closer until it began to land very near to where I was standing;  I gave it all the space it needed quickly!

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Crews were starting to break out the tailgating goodies by this time.  Check out this once upon a time fire truck that was now not only a chase vehicle but a cool dispenser of beer!  Red plastic cups always mean a good time.  This day really was a great day at the balloon fiesta for me.

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  1. #1 by milfordstreet on October 21, 2016 - 5:59 am

    Oh wow. This event is much cooler than I ever imagined. What a great use for an old fire truck. Cheers!

  2. #3 by Suzanne et Pierre on October 21, 2016 - 9:17 am

    Very nice set of images. Ballooning is so much fun! (Suzanne)

    • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on October 21, 2016 - 11:07 am

      Thank you and yes it is. I think in some ways it takes us back to the beginnings of human flight.

  3. #5 by Ingrid on October 21, 2016 - 11:19 am

    I can hear Toby Keith in the background singing “Red Solo Cup” 😄

  4. #7 by A. Blake on October 21, 2016 - 11:21 am

    What a beautiful sky but you know I wouldn’t be able to actually get inside of one….

    • #8 by imagesbytdashfield on October 21, 2016 - 11:22 am

      Awwww c’mon! Maybe you can get in one that stays on the ground just for the effect?

      • #9 by A. Blake on October 21, 2016 - 11:28 am

        on the ground yes – in the sky NO WAY JOSE!

      • #10 by imagesbytdashfield on October 21, 2016 - 11:31 am

        Maybe a tethered one where it just goes up a bit then back down? hehe

  5. #11 by Lionel Sneed on October 21, 2016 - 11:26 am

    This is so cool!

    • #12 by imagesbytdashfield on October 21, 2016 - 11:31 am

      Yes it was! Did you see the photos of me taking off in the balloon?

  6. #13 by ChgoJohn on October 21, 2016 - 1:36 pm

    This would be so much fun, Teri. How great that you could attend.

    • #14 by imagesbytdashfield on October 21, 2016 - 3:23 pm

      I didn’t expect all of this when I signed up for the ride but loved it!

  7. #15 by smilecalm on October 22, 2016 - 12:05 pm

    everything about this
    is hot 🙂

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