As part of Maryland's Preakness celebration, each year there is a hot air balloon festival.
The festival ends with a balloon launch and race.
It is an amazing sight!
When I was little, the balloon race was held close by in Baltimore city.
Having lived on a big hill, our view of the balloons was spectacular.
My cousins and I would spend hours sitting in the bed of my uncles pick up truck, watching the balloons as they floated past.
I remember once that one was low enough that the people inside were talking down to us.
of course, I thought that was the greatest thing ever!
Now, the festival is held away from the city so the chance of seeing one of those beauties floating by is rare to none. I can't say that I would want to be hovering over Baltimore city either.
This year, after having wanted to see them for years, Sally and I made the 45 minute drive and spent the evening with these beauties.
That childhood nostalgic feeling was almost surreal.
To see them all blown up and clustered together is stunning.
There are lots of pictures.. : )
As we were in line to take a tethered balloon ride, the winds picked up and the balloons came down.
( insert sad face here)
Maybe next year.
The crowd didn't mind and neither did we.
There was plenty to do and see.
... and there was yummy delicious funnel cake!!!