The 27th annual hot air balloon festival was scheduled at Keiser park in Windsor, CA.
We woke up at 4:00 a.m., drove all the way north to Windsor and reached little before 7:00 a.m. Parking were full and neighborhoods were packed. We parked 1 mile away and took a walk. You can buy admission tickets online for $15 or get it at entrance for $20.
By the time we reached, missed the major balloons due to weather conditions. But we get to learn how much effort is put into for the balloon to inflate and take-off. Similarly, the landings, how they deflate the balloon and pack-up.
A tethered balloon ride is where, the balloon is tied to the ground with three or four very strong ropes to keep the balloon from flying away. It is usually flies between 25 feet and 100 feet, taking few minutes for a ride. It gives you the chance to sample the experience of a hot air balloon flight. There were multiple balloons offering tethered rides.
I got an opportunity to watch and capture few hot air balloons, I was in awe for it the entire time.
Hot air balloons don’t have pre-planned landing spots due to the fact they travel where the wind takes them. It all lies in hands of the Pilot to bump along the ground and stop the balloon gradually, minimizing the impact. Group of people help deflate the balloon and pack it up like a giant sleeping bag.
Apart from these hot air balloons there was music, food booths, craft booths & kids play area.
I would like to thank my husband, Sadeesh for waking up early and driving me to the event after a hectic week. Had a wonderful time and I look forward to coming back next year for the balloons to glow and launch.