First balloon stop on this year’s summer walk-about was the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally. This is always a great rally that the town comes out and supports whole-heartedly. We had 3 great days of flying with many balloons being able to box back to the launch field each day. The winds didn’t cooperate for the…Continue Reading “Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally”
It is that time of year when many balloonists pack up their trucks and pilgrimage to New Mexico for Balloon Fiesta®.1 We made that pilgrimage ourselves for 13 years, 5 years as crew and 8 years as pilots and we have returned twice for a few days during other years. As a balloonist it is…Continue Reading “Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta”
We once again made our annual trek to the cold of Gallup in December for the 36th Red Rock Balloon Rally. Weather didn’t cooperate the first 2 days at the rocks. The first day all the wind was headed towards Fort Wingate where the military was blowing up things, so we didn’t fly but a…Continue Reading “Red Rock Balloon Rally”
The days after the Salina rally went by quickly. All my plans to go somewhere scenic and focus on photography got set aside after K’Ehleyr sprained her leg. Sunday afternoon was an emergency trip to the vet in Richfield who was kind enough to take time away from his family on Father’s day to see…Continue Reading “Post Salina and Panguitch”
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Not entirely surprising but we left a day late which meant we had a marathon 13 hours on the road to get from San Diego to Salina, Utah in time for pilot check-in of the first of 7 rallies this summer.
OK, I admit to being way, way behind in blogging. Our third rally was the summer festival in Teton Valley, Idaho over the 4th of July. We decided to arrive early to help the organizers with the preparations for the other 11 balloons coming in. The pilot welcome dinner is held at the balloonmeister’s house…Continue Reading “Rally number 3 – Teton Valley”
Many, many years ago we attended the balloon rally in Page, AZ in its previous life as the Lake Powell Aire Affaire. The rally would put the pilots up at the Wahweap Lodge and allowed flights over the lake, they even had a barge ready for any island rescues which was lucky for us but…Continue Reading “Page, Arizona 2013 Hot Air Balloon Regatta”
Las Vegas Search & Rescue holds a fund-raising balloon rally during mid-October at the Southern Hills Hospital. Reach for the Stars was invited this year to perform tether rides for any physically challenged people who wanted to experience lighter-than-air flight. This was a small rally from an even smaller launch site but with great weather…Continue Reading “Las Vegas Balloon Rally”