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Balloons!

Time for the Adirondack Balloon Festival!  We didn’t go last year, and I think it was because the weather was bad?  The balloons really have to be picky about what they launch in.

Anyway, I wanted to go to the Friday evening launch since that seemed to be the one with the best chance of happening this weekend weather wise.  The nice thing is that this is held at the municipal airport, which is 6 miles away and totally bikeable.  Saves on parking (and the environment!).

At first, we weren’t sure if the balloons were going to go up at all since it was breezy, and I had a certain window of time that I had to leave by to make it home by dark.  Just when we were thinking of leaving, they started to inflate some balloons.

 

One reason I love balloon festivals is that you can go right into the launch area and get close to them.  They are so huge – pictures do not do them justice.

 

Some new balloons this year.  Wicked!

wicked

Pepe Le Peu:

pepe

Horton the Elephant – one of my faves!

horton

Spider Pig.  I should have gone around to the other side for this one.

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He wasn’t ready to go with his droopy legs LOL!

Going overhead:

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The strawberry is a crowd favorite.

strawberry

This was some kind of giant bird – a hummingbird, I think?  Sandwiched between Horton and Spider Pig:

ballon trio

Another one of my favorites.  Claw’D The Crazy Crab.

crab balloon

A lot of balloons have names, so I didn’t make that up. :D

That’s Pig Headed in the background.

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Pigs really do fly!

 

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I couldn’t watch the rest of the balloons because I needed to get biking! This was as I was leaving and the balloons were going over the traffic control tower:

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I had to zoom home and it was getting darker than I liked to ride in.  I have a flashing red light for the back of my bike, but I could have used a headlight.  Worth it, though!

Speaking of biking, it was windy, but we got out this weekend on both days for a total of 50+ miles.  Rolled over 2000!

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Now I can officially start counting down since there is just under 500 miles to go. Tick, tick, tick, tick, tick.

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