I had a blast at the Temecula Hot Air Balloon Festival last weekend!
**We used to go every year back when Matt was little,
but then took a break and kinda forgot about it….
So after 15 years or so we said “We’re Baaaa-aaack”
[yes, we said it in a voice like little Drew Barrymore did in the movie Poltergeist]
We were actually CAMPING the entire weekend – so each morning we woke up to the
sound of hot air balloons flying over our camp.
And then we watch the balloons land.
I’m sure you already know that the pilots can’t really control where the balloons go….
Pilots can control the altitude and try to find currents of wind that blow in different directions at different altitudes….but beyond that, they just float – so they always land in interesting places.
Like the parking lot
And the campground
The festival has lots of other fun things to do – shopping, wine tasting, music on two stages
Crazy photo booths….
And food. Did I mention the FOOD?
Probably 50 different food trucks and food booths….here’s a small sample of what I enjoyed
over the course of the festival….and I just might have had THREE shaved ices. Yum!
And each night there’s a balloon glow – some of the balloons set up in a central area and
light up in time with the music. They can’t fly at night so they are tethered to the ground – it’s just a beautiful and fun celebration of color and music!
And concerts play into the night….
(Are you beginning to see why it’s a good idea to camp there? So you can enjoy
late nights and sunrise balloon launches???)
And then it was up, up and away…..see you next year balloon festival!
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