Day Two at the Balloon Festival

Trip Start Jan 09, 2012
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Lynn and I went again to the balloon festival.  The crowd was much larger and more balloons were aloft.  We counted eight of them in the air at one time as we approached Lake Havasu City.  The variation in color and pattern is amazing.  Ranging from bright hues to dark, more ominous patterns.  We even saw one that was a Panda bear.  Very clever and eye catching things they are!

We walked around the grounds and saw several balloons being put away and suddenly the sky was devoid of them.  The wind had come up to a level where it wasn't safe to fly them in such a situation where so many folks were in the area.  It was only a breeze on the ground, but aloft it was a different story.

We watched as an RC helicopter did it's maneuvers over a golf green. One of the shots shows it clearly.  We sat and watched an amazing female dog catch a ball so quickly that I couldn't believe it.  I got three shots of her and was really surprised at her discipline and quick reactions.  The dogs belong to a local club called the "Hot Dogs".  It was a good time watching them.

The dogs halted their performance to let us watch five sky divers with controllable parachutes land.  One girl, on a tandem chute, was Linda, a member of the staff of the Festival.  The "Flying Linda" I named her.  The land quite quickly, so I was lucky to get any pictures at all.

We had lunch at a new place today.  Lynn had a delicious corn dog and I had a Polish sausage, "loaded".  Good food.  There's something about eating under a blue sky among folks enjoying life and seemingly having not a care in the world.  The little ones are what I try to see.  The often have no idea what is happening around them, but look to be just happy to be alive.  We have lot to learn from them.

We stayed just over two hours and bade adieu to the Fest and walked back to the car.  The photo-ops were abundant and I took advantage of it.  I entered the "Flying Linda" photo and the one from Hole 6 (on the golf course) into the Fest photo contest.  It's another way to inspire one to look through the eyes of the judges and take a chance.

We stopped by at Safeway and picked up a few items and then on to the local hardware store.  

When we got back, Pete had just prepared Coq au Vin for our dinner. It's from a recipe similar to one from his Belgian grandmother.  "It's my French" she would say to him when he was a child. A fond memory and a great recipe.  We had a later dinner, so we ate in our coach. Salad and good cheer accompanied the meal.  We played a bit of Phase 10 after dinner and then Pete went home to prepare for the arrival of his two brothers from the Phoenix area.  They have a three and a half hour drive to get here, so won't be arriving until later.

It was another beautiful day with beautiful clouds, which added accent to the photos.  We plan on staying home tomorrow to sit with Duffy, so Pete and his bros can go to the festival.  
 
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mnoble61
mnoble61 on

Nice shots of the dog catching the ball...and wow the London Bridge...I forgot about that being there and will visit next time. So did Lynn go up in a balloon. Glad you entered a few photos in the contest....they are winners!

Don Peterson on

Nice stuff, Ralph. Glad one of us got some colorful pix. In hindsight (which of course is always 20-20) I should not have waited for my bros as we had windy and overcast on Saturday.

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