On Memorial Day weekend, The Captain, Boo, his best friend and I attended
The Freedom Weekend Aloft in Simpsonville, SC.
There were many things going on such as: outdoor concerts, outdoor booths with advertisements and free stuff, crafts, demonstrations, food, a small carnival, a canine frisbee competition, a tribute to our military troops, hot air balloon rides, tethered rides and a hot air balloon competition.
I must have walked 20 miles that day. I should have lost 20 pounds. A pound a mile is fair, don’t you think?
The things they can teach those dogs to do, is amazing!
I have a hard time just house breaking a dog.
Then begins the hot air balloon event.
The Captain gets to be in charge of holding the tail of the hot air balloon.
The tail, is a tether attached to the top of the balloon. He has to keep the balloon from rolling around while it’s being filled with air. Which is important when you have a whole field of hot air balloons being inflated at the same time.
The Captain’s point of view.
Oh, look! Somebody thought The Captain looked lonely. Sorry, Honey, somebody has to take pictures and it looks as if you’re too busy.
And, hold it while the air inside is being heated and the balloon is rising, to keep control of the balloon until it is fully risen.
Here is my mostest favorite hot air balloon in the world!
Eagles Wings Hot Air Balloon.
The pilot, Robert Sarratt, the crew chief and chaser, Peggy Sarratt and today’s crew, including, my husband, The Captain, as I so affectionately call him.
Ready for lift off! Notice the pilot giving “Thumbs Up”!
This is a beautiful sight. The pictures are only a glimpse into the full beauty you will witness at one of these events.
The chasers preparing to chase…
After the balloons are in the air and the chasers have left the field, they set up the field for competition. The field is marked off with a large X on one end and a plastic kiddie pool filled with water, on the other end. The object is to get points by dropping a flag into the marked off area or if your lucky and skilled enough you can drop your flag into the kiddie pool for the cash grand prize. There is only one flag per balloon. If your lucky the wind will let you drift close enough to the pool to drop your flag in. Then the trick is to get the flag to fall into the pool, and again the wind is a factor of where the flag will fall.
This is the first competition I have attended. The kids would get so excited. Everytime one of the balloons would get close, the kids would run and watch, hoping a flag would make it into the pool. Although, some got very close, not one actually landed in the pool. The fun was in the anticipation.
We went to an outdoor “Montgomery Gentry” concert in the ampitheatre area after the balloon lift off. We could see the balloons from where we were. It was fun to watch the balloons rising and falling, seemingly into the trees, all around the ampitheatre area. As they tried to maneuvure their balloons into the field.
If you ever get to attend one of these balloon events, go for it! It’s a beautiful sight you won’t want to miss, and a lot of fun.
And Montgomery Gentry performed an awesome concert.
Thanks Eagles Wings for inviting us!