Up, up and away!

This blog post will be short on words and long on pictures to show what a wonderful experience attending a hot air balloon festival is.

I treated my hubby to a get-away weekend in Foley Alabama at the 7th Annual Hot Air Balloon Fest. Both the “glow” event and the flight of the balloons were equally exciting.

We arrived on Friday night to experience the “Glow Event”. This begins with watching teams inflate their huge balloons and then light them up with the propane feed that eventually helps them fly. It was our first experience and I must say that I was as excited as a kid at Christmas watching all of the balloons come to life.

The “glow” happens as the balloonists open up their their propane valves to inflate the balloons. It’s best seen right at sunset and it’s an impressive sight.

This balloon is glowing!

Some of the balloons took off that night and it was an awesome sight.

Saturday morning was to start right at sunrise and we made sure we’d be there to watch the balloons arrive at the festival grounds.

We arrived by 6AM and the moon was still up. There were rain clouds present, which made the arrival of the balloons run a little late. Balloons will not fly if there is a chance of high winds or lightening for obvious reasons.

So we bided our time taking pictures of the early morning light

The late running balloons made up for it with their beauty. Behold

I think I may have found a new passion. It’s a fantastic sport and one I can appreciate from the ground!!!
For anyone anywhere interested in attending a festival, here is a website for all hot air balloon fests. Enjoy!

51 thoughts on “Up, up and away!

  1. I went up in a hot air balloon when I was 16 and loved it!! Seeing your pictures makes me want to do it again! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Beautiful and congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  2. I love balloon festivals! We used to go to the one in Albuquerque when I was a kid, but I have yet to take my family to one. Definitely on my “to do” list! Beautiful pictures!

  3. Beautiful pics thank-you for sharing. I live in Reno NV. and we have a balloon race here every year. I usually have to work during the race weekend. However, it is awesome to see them in flight on my way to work. There is one in New Mexico, Taos, I believe that is supposed to be the biggest in the country. That is one I would truly love to see.

    • While at this festival in Foley, Alabama we learned that it is the 7th largest in the country. I’m not sure if that’s accurate, but it was awesome!

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  5. Wow! These are quite beautiful.We’re you able to see the view from inside a balloon yourself at this or another festival? Any other festivals that you would recommend? (I’m in the northeast)

    • This was my first festival. But if you go to the link at the bottom of my blog post, it has pictures and schedules – by month and area – of all Hot Air Balloon Fests!

  6. I had my first hot air ballooning experience today. I’d bought the experience as a gift for my father. We, along with another 8 or so people, and the pilot took to the skies over York, England and had an amazing time. I was quite apprehensive of the flight at first, but settled in rather quickly The experience is a must for aspiring photographers, as the sights you’ll see are absolutely unparalleled. It’s the only way to get such good pictures of a beautiful city like York. I’d definitely do it again. I’ll probably upload many of my pictures to my blog too.


  7. so cool to have a balloon festival! ๐Ÿ™‚ Very nice photos you have there, it sounds like lots of fun and i love how colourful they are! I went on a hot air balloon in Egypt, some remote part and we took off slightly before sunrise, it was absolutely gorgeous! *expensive too* its a good thing you have a balloon festival, i didnt think of it as a sport but its a once in a lifetime thing.
    Nice blog ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I had always wanted to attend one of these. In fact Im planning a huge tour that will impact my life soon, and this is the highlight of the entire event. Thanks for the lovely pictures, very lovely read.

  9. This is balloon-tastic.

    My colleague is going on a balloon ride tomorrow. 6AM. No idea why so early, but at least it means she can get it done before work.

    Presuming her aircraft doesn’t get blown TOO far away!

    Yes, I only just found out that a hot air balloon’s trajectory is less than specific.

    Quite literally an adventure waiting to happen…

  10. i’ve always had such a thing for pictures of hot air balloons- it’s one of those random obsessions i think i was born with, and that i can’t really explain. for my high school graduation my mom took me on a hot air balloon ride, it was awesome! anyway, really cool pics:)


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