Friday night’s surprise

Friday evening DH and I were preparing to go out to dinner.  The lake side of our house is mostly windows, and I was going about my task of closing all the blinds when I spotted a flash of orange across the lake.  Beyond the trees is a new upper grade school, where absolutely nothing should be happening at 6 pm on a Friday.  We decided to go outside and have a closer look. 

DH was first to identify it:  a hot air balloon in the earliest stages of inflation.  I love hot air balloons!  Now all hope of getting to the restaurant before the Friday night crowds was gone.  I ran for my camera, and we stood on the shore and cheered them on. 

There was a predominant breeze from the South all through inflation (blowing from the balloon site toward us).  We were concerned that the balloonist would be able to gain elevation quickly enough to clear the power wires.  He waited a few minutes after full inflation as the winds calmed, then shifted to coming from the West. 

The balloon cleared the school and sailed off into a beautiful Friday night sky.  We did get to the restaurant with the crowds.  After a 40 minute wait, we had some nice Louisiana seafood.  No problem…after all, we had an adventure to talk about.



  1. Marsha said,

    April 8, 2009 at 7:34 am

    My question is, why didn’t you run over there and ask for a ride in the balloon??

  2. Knitnana said,

    April 9, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    Oooohhh!!! Great photos! And I”m glad you got to enjoy your dinner, too.

    But Ooooohhh! Hot Air Balloons!

  3. April 10, 2009 at 1:05 am

    So, did you have the same reaction I did? Ooh, ooh, look at the pattern, you take one solid color yarn and you do two-color ribbing, only the second yarn is a slow multi-color, and and and…

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