Monday, November 4, 2013

Ballooning Around

Since relocating to Charlotte, NC in July 2013, Jake and I have taken every opportunity to explore new cities, events and food.  I read about a Hot Air Balloon Festival called The Carolina Balloonfest in a magazine called "Our State" which is a monthly publication all about North Carolina. The Hot Air Balloon event took place in Statesville, NC which is only a 45 minute drive from Charlotte so it wasn't a bad drive at all. And 2013 was the 40th Annual Fest! It can't get any better than that right???

We decided kind of last minute, impromptu that we would check it out and I am so glad we did! It was seriously the most fun I've had in a while. We first set up our viewing spot, then walked around the festival, drooling over all the delicious fair food but I am proud to say that we didn't indulge in it. Instead, we ate veggie tacos and they were amazing! We did share a fresh squeezed lemonade which was sweet and sour and tangy. The fresh baked donuts were calling my name, but I was able to resist them. MOTTO: Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels [repeat].

We knew they were going to start releasing the balloons between 4:00 and 6:00 pm. So, around that time, we headed to our spot and waited. It took a while for them to all get to their places but once they started, there was no stopping! It all happened so far.

So now, some photos to share:

Also, it seemed unseasonably warm and there was not a cloud in the sky. Pretty much the most perfect weather you could have. Which was crazy because I guess the day before there was a ton of rain and clouds and they had to postpone/cancel some of the flights. Next time -- riding in a hot air balloon, right, Jake???

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