Friday, September 23, 2011

Reno Balloon Races

Over a week ago you may have heard about the crash at the Reno Air Races. If you didn't, one of the planes crashed right in front of the VIP section. As of yesterday, 11 people have died and over 50 had been sent to the hospital, including an 11-year-old boy from our ward. Pretty scary.

A week or so before that we went to the Reno Balloon Races. Much safer.


Here we are at a bright and chipper 6AM.


The first balloon in the sky!

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This was fascinating. I've never been close to a hot air balloon before.

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This one was a favorite of the crowd. Only they played the main Star Wars theme when it lifted into the air instead of the Death March. Psh.

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It was a pretty fun morning! Was it worth dragging everyone out of bed at 5AM and disrupting their schedule all day (= even more whining than normal)? 

Still not sure...


Heather said...

How fun! I would love to go to that sometime! Thanks for the email the other day! So good to hear from you! We need to chat more often!

Hilary said...

Cool! We got to see that when we went to Albuquerque a few years ago. I couldn't believe how BIG they were!

Jodi said...

Very cool! I've always wanted to see hot air balloons lift off but have never been able to get out of bed early enough to get up to the location in time. How fun for you guys!

Sare said...

That looks like so much fun. I am terrible about checking the private blogs. I need to be better.

Jessica said...

Your pictures are so fun. I don't get why those things are always so early. But they are worth it. :)

Natalie said...

Sare - I am, too. In fact, I've lost my folder where I kept my private blog links. When the newest version of Firefox decides to get along with Google toolbar I'll have them back. Gah.

Jessica - Thanks! I thought the same thing, but I think it has something to do with wind. Mornings are usually really calm (it gets windy here in the afternoons).