This was our second day at the Adirondack Balloon Festival and what a difference we experienced compared to the day before! On the previous day the skies held grey and the weather didn’t offer any chance for the balloonists to launch. We feared the same would happen on this day.
Small openings in the clouds offered us some hope and then, when the official weather report was announced and the balloons where given the okay to fly, the entire airfield came to life. Balloon crews worked quickly to prepare their balloons for take-off. Yards and yards of colorful fabric was spread on the grass. Fans and burners roared as people waited excitedly to see the colors and shapes lifted into the sky. It was a bit crazy, things were very busy and most of the balloons were in flight so quickly you barely had time to take it in. Honestly, it felt a bit magical seeing the cloudy skies fill with reds, yellows, purples, shapes and people in floating baskets.
Click on the image above to experience a moment of the 2011 Adirondack Balloon Festival. From the perspective captured in this 360 degree interactive image you can see (and hear) the balloons being filled and in the distance others that have already taken flight.
Interested in attending the festival in person? The 2012 Adirondack Balloon Festival is scheduled for September 20-23 and will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. For more information on the festival visit the official Adirondack Balloon Festival website at: http://www.adirondackballoonfest.org.
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