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100 balloons in the sky


A fun benefit to living in a smaller city is the amount of festivals we have. There has been something special going on in Reno almost every weekend since we arrived this summer. This weekend we joined in the celebration and woke up while it was still very dark to attend the dawn patrol at the Great Reno Balloon Race. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.

We bundled up and sat close enough to feel the warmth from the balloon fire. My daughter was mesmerized. Have you seen a hot air balloon up close? They are huge and beautiful.

After the before dawn glow show, they launched 100 of these giant balloons into the air. The sky over our city was filled with them. It was magical.

All photos taken by my friend, Chris Heifner who also happens to play really great music.



  • Giulia
    September 12, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Lovely shots! We have a balloon festival here as well – 2 years ago they flew over our house and one of them had to do an emergency landing in my neighbours yard…that was a little too close to get to the balloon ;)

  • Nicole
    September 12, 2011 at 6:34 am

    That really does look like a magical way to spend the day, how wonderful!

  • Danee Kaplan
    September 12, 2011 at 9:53 am

    Beautiful. There is just something gorgeous about a hot air balloon floating in the sky. We have a big balloon festival over the July 4th holiday near me in Battle Creek Michigan. Sometimes they stray this way and when I am lucky enough to catch one (or 2 or 3) flying over one of the many lakes in the area it takes my breath away.

  • Lena
    September 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    These photos are absolutely amazing-what a perfect way to spend the weekend!

  • jen
    September 12, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    oooo, i love the balloons in reno! we were there the week before (bbq) and will be there this week (air races), but have somehow lacked the desire to drive up for the balloons since our son was born. love the pics! and great work getting your feed going :)

  • Jen @ Paisley Print Shoes
    September 12, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Oh my goodness how cool!! I moved to a new city last summer so it has been really fun to learn about all of the different festivals and city-specific events that go on around here. I love this idea though…I’ve never seen a hot air balloon close up!

  • JAF Gifts
    September 13, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    The last photo is all sorts of awesome. I haven’t been able to watch these kinds of events yet, but looking at this makes me want to go to one so badly!

  • domestikate
    September 13, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Wow, this looks and sounds amazing! Stunning photos too, love them.

  • Monica
    September 13, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    My sister and niece went to this festival in Reno also and sent my Mom some pics! These are beautiful pictures. I’ve gone to a few locally when I was younger. They really are magical!

  • kat jackson
    September 13, 2011 at 7:40 pm

    These photos are just amazing! I have been dying to attend a balloon launch and this post has inspired me to start looking for events that we could get to!

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