It takes a lot to get my household out of bed & into the car by 6:30 AM but a hot air balloon rally is something that can definitely make that happen. Even tho we are fortunate to see hot air balloons sail over our house throughout the year, the opportunity to see thirty in one spot was irresistible! At least I thought there were going to be thirty ~ maybe something happened to keep the numbers down? I know I was a bit disgruntled at first because the best viewing sites were not the optimum photography ones ~ looking east (toward the sunrise) and thru a maze of power lines.
I had the fleeting thought I should have stayed in bed ~ the impatient side of my nature showing thru.
But ever so slowly, conditions began to improve. The balloons lifted:
and drifted across the sky ~ sometimes even stair-stepping up:
The clouds eventually gave way and that famous blue Colorado sky provided the incredible backdrop I had pictured in my mind:
A lot of these balloons are ones we've seen individually above our house over the years. I know I've shared this one with you before:
Easy to see why it's a favorite of mine with the floral design. My daughter, however, loved this one:
There has to be a great story behind its inception! I wish I knew what it was.
We only saw twelve balloons but by the time we left, we were glad we'd made the choice to give up some sleep.
There's just something so ebullient about seeing those vibrantly colored, gigantic balloons floating peacefully in the serene morning sky.
Starts the day on a happy note every time. :-)