Shelbyville, Illinois – home of the Touchstone Energy Balloonfest at Lake Shelbyville.
Assisting with the Touchstone Energy hot air balloon and Balloonfest is not new to me.
What was new to me was actually being a passenger in a hot air balloon. After helping check in pilots, crew and passengers, I was prepared to gather paperwork and supplies to move to the next task this morning when I was popped into a hot air balloon! I suppose “popped” and “hot air balloon” should not be used in the same sentence …
My balloon was The Buhlune, pictured here in a photo I took the day before:
Balloonists have the process of setting up and taking down these massive balloons down to an impressive science. This time I was along for the ride, the float. We were up, up, up before I hardly even noticed! I turned every which way, snapping pictures.
Every day, a new adventure awaits.
Fly high, friends!