And there was ballooning of course

The reason for this trip to Taiwan was for the balloon festival.Fly Tainan 2013
As evident by the crowd, ballooning is a big deal in Taiwan.  This festival was a month-long and the people just kept coming day after day.

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Hazy sunrise

Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
Crew getting a flight lesson

Fly Tainan 2013
Flights were attempted 3 times per day.  As expected the 11:00-12:30 PM fights rarely happened and the evening flights usually didn’t start till after sunset when the winds calmed down.
Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
waiting for their ride

Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
Fly Tainan 2013
Balloon glows were scheduled on Saturday nights but if it was too windy we did a candlestick glow with the fireworks as a backdrop.
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Fireworks and glow

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Night tether

Of course none of this would be possible without ground crew.  This is a slideshow of my ground crew; Abby, Bruce, Fish, Gino, Jack, and Yoyu.

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