Awakening after only two hours sleep to begin our drive from Connecticut to the LA area for the first Launch of Balloons at 6:00 am Friday Morning proved to be a wise move. Weather conditions were classified as near perfect and balloons filled the sky. Later that afternoon the winds picked up so only one pilot ventured into the sky at 6 pm and Saturday morning brought rain so I assume the launch was scrubbed.
So.. What do you do when the balloons are grounded? Plenty! The partially inflated balloon gave children a chance to run around inside one of the massive balloons. Curious kids & adults could get an up-close look at the basket and controls. For the hungry there was plenty to eat. The nighttime festivities brought out a thick crowd for the crisp summer evening.
There was also an abundance of nighttime entertainment to satisfy the crowd. Lisa Cummings, known as Imari & The Sahara Desert Dancers put on a show. All the ladies look like they were having great fun shakin' to the music. Fitness enthusiasts will find belly dancing offers a good cardio workout along with a full range of muscle toning exercises.
Anyone in the L/A area interested in pursuing the art can take classes this fall. Instruction is also available in other towns throughout Western Maine & North Conway, NH.
Next on the agenda that evening was a flashback to the disco days with Motor Booty Affair. Since I was never known as Disco Dan I was not familiar with the group but heard many people in the crowd reminiscing about the days of their youth. One couple traveled up from Boston the catch the show because they just can't find great stuff like this in the city. The band came out dressed and ready as darkness descended so after the first few photo the camera was tucked away for the night.
If you missed your opportunity to see the 15th Annual Great Falls Balloon Festival this year mark your calendar for mid-August next year. More information can be found on their web site.