I like to go to balloon festival every year. But recent years, I haven’t seen a balloon launch for a long time.
Today,we decided to go early in the morning. I called my daughter around 6 o’clock in the morning ,can’t wake her up, then I drove by myself.
When I across the highway, there were a long line of cars waiting to get in to the park. There were only minutes before balloon launch time: 7: 00 am. So I decided put off on the parking lot near the park. Then walk toward the park!
There were several families: an old couple, carries a camera in front of me, a family of three were near my sides, then there were several others were walking toward the park. We walked quietly and quickly to the park–faster than the cars!
It was about one and half mile walk. The sky is started to turning a little brighter. There were several hundreds of people scattered in the park. People were strolling along with babies, kids, and dogs. The air was fresh. There is an entrance for runners’ begin points, several runners are getting ready to run. I can tell from their expressions,nervous!
The weather was so perfect today. It was around 72 degree. Nearly no wind at all! The announcer told us that we will see all 26 balloon launch today to have their Chasing Hair game Plus we will get to see a “BOXED” balloon. How lucky we are !
I talked to one lady, a runner, she told me that will do the half Marathon today. Running is a serious business. She bought a $200 shoe and $70 socks just for that. The shoe and sock will help prevent blisters. She also have a nutritional drink with her ,several energy bars for adding energy during running. Eating balanced healthy meals are the keys for healthy. Adding multivitamins and antioxidant will even better!
Then I met a mom with her daughter. She told me that she woke up today around 5 am. her husband is in the running team. Her daughter had a balloon experiment last year at school. So it is very excited to see the balloon launch today.
People were from different places. I heard people from California just for this event.
We saw so many balloons. My favorite ones are : Dog, Mushroom,Monkey, and a pink pig! Look, the pig has a costume on!
The cute dog is a new one for this year. It is so big. The best thing was that we got to walk to the site and touch the “Dog” after the balloon launches.
A lady took the picture for me and didn’t want me to take a picture for her. The reason is that she had been watching balloons for years. She told me that the best balloon festival is in Albuquerque . There will be over one thousand balloon! You will get to watch them for two weeks. Each time will be 300 balloons launch! I can’t imagine in my head what that will look like? She told us that the first time when she went there, she finished her 36 pictures in minutes. Remember those old time,non- digital picture days?
I really has a great time. Even learned more about running and thinking about to join the walk/run for next year? Running is good. It is a good way to keep us young and healthy. Wellness is the ultimate goal of our life,isn’t it?
I love fall season. This is the best morning walk that I had! Continue on my healthy life style journey!