Woke up at 4:45 a.m. this morning so I could make it to the Dutchess County airport to view the balloons lift-off at 6:00 a.m.
It was a beautiful morning oh, and what a beautiful sight it was to see the balloons being inflated, one-by-one, and, one-by-one, lift-off and soar into the sky.
The Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted the 25th Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival on July 10, 11 and 12, 2015.
Yesterday’s lift-off was from the Poughkeepsie waterfront, 22 balloons were launched from the site.
Quoting from this morning’s Poughkeepsie Journal: “Crowds, estimated at a few thousand people, packed a stretch of the Hudson River in the City of Poughkeepsie Friday evening for a successful lift-off for the 25th anniversary of the event.”
One the balloons flew over my house yesterday evening.
Was it this one in the above photo?????
Or was it the one in the photo below? Too bad I did not have my camera with me at the time.
The balloon below belongs to my friend’s, Phyll, son Brian who is also the pilot.
Brian getting ready for lift-off with the help of his niece Annika (in red) and nephew Stefan (in blue).
Annika and Stefan holding down the crown line (a thick rope).
In the photo at left is proud daddy, Tom, who flew balloons for 40 years before handing it over to Brian who is in the basket.
Hot-air ballooning is definitely a family affair.
Up, up, UP and away it soared
Remaining launch schedule
Saturday, 7/11/15, 6 p.m. South of Shadows on Hudson
176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie, NY
Sunday, 7/12/15, 6 a.m. Dutchess County Airport
263 New Hackensack Road, Wappingers Falls, NY
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