Teton Valley Balloon Rally 2013

Some of the interesting clouds we had in Teton Valley.

Some of the interesting clouds we had in Teton Valley.

Once again the Teton Valley balloon rally was a success even with some weather issues for some of the events. The first day of the rally was July 4th, the winds were light and variable resulting in most of the balloons landing close by the launch field. The good weather didn’t hold all day and the 2nd annual Driggs’ glow had to cancel the balloon activities due to heavy winds but the live music and other vendors were still there to please the crowds. Friday the 5th began with passing storm cells and the associated winds so all flights were cancelled that morning. In an effort to include all parts of the valley in the festival, a candlestick glow was scheduled for Victor along with a DJ and a chalk art competition. Some local politics caused a last-minute change of location from the main highway to a side street. After everything started the weather once again decided to speak up with a passing storm cell and it was decided that lightning and balloon equipment shouldn’t mingle so we had to pack it up.
Saturday and Sunday were back to the more typical wind patterns for the morning. After flying we headed to the river for a float trip with storm clouds following behind us. We feared the worst for the outdoors pilot/sponsor dinner in Tetonia but the sun was out and the rain stayed to the south of us.
To help celebrate the end of the event the organizers decided a float trip would be a nice way to relax. Once again the afternoon storms came in and this time we didn’t get in front of them and floated in the rain and hail, it was a bit cold but with views of the Tetons and moose grazing on the banks it was still a good day.

Cloud Hoppers, balloons, Cameron, Lindstrand

Two Cloud Hoppers on the first day

Teton view at landing

Teton view at landing

Floating the Teton River

Floating the Teton River

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2 thoughts on “Teton Valley Balloon Rally 2013

  1. THANKS FOR THE IMAGES! I WAS WITH YOU ALL IN SPIRIT OVER THE FOURTH! I WILL BE THERE NEXT YEAR! C U ALL IN GALLUP! HAVE A GREAT FALL SEASON!
    TOM

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