Hello dear reader(s)!
Today I went to the Great Reno Balloon Races. Last I heard the races were the second largest hot air balloon gathering in the US behind Albuquerque, NM. I got up at about 2:30 in the morning to shower and be ready to leave by 3:30. Of course, when I say got up, I say that because I got up, I did not wake up. I tried to go to sleep last night, but it just didn’t happen for me. So basically, I lied in bed from about 7 until when I got up to get picked up and then meet another two friends to go balloon watching.
Why so early?
For the Glow Show, and then the Dawn Patrol.
What are those?
The Glow Show is synchronized lighting of a balloon’s envelope in the darkness as the balloons sit on the ground.
The Dawn Patrol is when six balloons actually take off in the dark, and light up the skies.
After the Dawn Patrol, once it gets light, we watched the mass ascension where approximately 90 balloons take off to race. By race, I do not mean race. From what I understand, the objective is to drop a bean-bag as close to a target X as they can. Whoever gets the closest wins something. Once they leave view, only the balloonists really care about that though.
I haven’t been to the races since before I was sick. In 2012, when I was still in the hospital in Reno, we could see some from my hospital room window. It felt really good being back. I was careful to avoid the crowds, saw another one of my good friends there, and just generally had a blast. But enough about my babbling, let’s get to the pictures.
I have been awake this entire time, it is past noon here already. I got home and had to do my fantasy football draft, so I am exhausted, but I had a great time. If you ever find yourself in Reno, NV during the second weekend of September, I strongly recommend you check it out.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!