It's as exciting for me, watching on the ground,
as it was for these guys just lifting off.
It was "International Balloon Fiesta" time in Albuquerque NM again.
Actually I've been home for a week, but...whew time has escaped me.
It starts early...6am early, when the "Dawn Patrol" lights up the sky.
They lift off early, to check out the winds aloft.
The "Fiesta" starts at 7am,
when the sky fills with between 500-600 balloons daily.
There are always new balloons to see. Lots of new animals this year.
Animals were on the ground also...
This is a Zebra.
They are launch directors who help the pilots get off the ground safely.
They always crack me up with their outfits.
This gal had a fun look to her...
(I usually have that whole, different shoes and socks thing going on
from dressing in the dark)
But when she turned around...
OMG she was a he, complete with a beard!
Yep, that takes one confident guy, to leave the house looking like this.
Lets face it, he's balloon fashion "runway" ready!
It was this guy, who got my vote for the most inspirational pilot of the day.
I almost had a heart attach, when he fell out of his wheelchair
and it shot away from him.
Then I realized that he was scooting on his back to the balloon seat.
He had to pick up his legs with his hands and move them into place...
As the balloon inflated and righted it's self, he sat up proudly in the pilot seat.
And the crowd went crazy cheering him on.
I have to say, it was just one of those moments you were proud to witness.
It gives you a whole new perspective on the term "Handi-capable"
We couldn't have picked a better day to go.
Blue skies filled with balloons.
A dog gone good day, you might say.
This week the "Nifty Novelties" blog hops starts.
Thursday, October 24
If that's not exciting in itself...
has provided us all with giveaways!
Just look at all those fabulous fat quarter bundles!
Each of us will have a part of these goodies to give away.
You won't want to miss out on that now will you?
I'm excited to share my project on Friday...
Keep on Stitchin'