Inspiration and Balloons

“The jet stream is a very strong force and pushing a balloon into it is like pushing up against a brick wall, but once we got into it, we found that, remarkably, the balloon went whatever speed the wind went.”

~Richard Branson

It has been the week of inspiration for my son and I.  Since last Saturday the Albuquerque 2012 Hot Air Balloon Festival has been in full swing, minus the couple of days the weather did not cooperate.  Today had to be the best day for seeing all the balloons though.  One actually landed next to the park that is in the front of our subdivision and my son got to watch as it was taken down and stored away for the next day.  This week there has been so many colors in the sky that were piloted by people from all over the world, 500 plus balloons in total.

We have not acutally made it to the balloon field yet…the days I had planned to take him the weather held the balloons from lifting off.  Then came the small issue of a broken toe in which my wonderful son decided to gift me with.  However, we are lucky to live close enough to the field itself to see them lift off and drift in the sky.  But of course this calls for insanely early mornings with a half asleep little boy (645am) who loves anything that has potential for flight.  As he looks up at the colors in the sky I wonder “What is he thinking?”  No matter how early the day though, I cannot seem to find a better way to start the day, I am going to miss all the colors in the sky next week.

As I said, this week has also been very inspiring.  I have decided that my next short story will be about a balloon chaser, or maybe even a balloon pilot.  I just feel driven to write about what I have seen this week so I can share it with anyone who reads my writing.  So now I am going to leave you so I can start my next adventure with new characters…but I leave you with pictures of this beautiful event.