The Next Balloons Up

Slowly, after the light gets better and the dawn patrol has gone, the other balloons get rolled out by their crews and await their turn to inflate and launch.  The first balloons up after the dawn patrol are the ones that are there to give rides to those who have paid for a ride.  There is an entire row of these as you can see in the first photo.  A different balloon is chosen each day that rises carrying the American flag as the national anthem is played and then bit by bit the mass ascension  begins as the sun works its way over the mountains.

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  1. #1 by Timothy Price on November 2, 2016 - 8:51 am

    Up up and a away in my…

    • #2 by imagesbytdashfield on November 2, 2016 - 9:12 am

      Everybody sing!!!

      • #3 by Timothy Price on November 2, 2016 - 9:21 am

        99 Luftballons. Auf ihrem Weg zum Horizont… by Nena

      • #4 by imagesbytdashfield on November 2, 2016 - 9:23 am

        Yeah I recall that one 🙂

  2. #5 by Valerie Price on November 2, 2016 - 12:59 pm

    Great photos! I can imagine this was so cool to see in person! 🙂

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  3. #7 by allentimphotos2 on November 2, 2016 - 1:51 pm

    Wonderful images. It does look very crowded.

    • #8 by imagesbytdashfield on November 2, 2016 - 4:17 pm

      Thanks! There were some elbow to elbow times but usually even loaded with my equipment I was able to bob and weave through the crowds.

  4. #9 by infraredrobert on November 3, 2016 - 5:50 am

    What is the collective noun for a gathering of hot air balloons?

  5. #11 by ChgoJohn on November 12, 2016 - 5:32 pm

    Hard to believe these are actual photos, Teri. They seem like something Pixar may have dreamt up.

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