Today was the first day of the Balloon Fiesta! We watch for balloons in the sky every morning after we take Porter to school, and this morning, there were lots of them! This morning, the Trader Joe's balloon launched from a field by Porter's school, so we got up a little earlier and watched it. The balloon handlers lay the balloon out on the ground, then use a fan to blow it up. Once the balloon is pretty inflated, they light the torch which heats up the air in the balloon and makes it rise. Once everything is in place, they load up the basket with people and take off! It was so cool to watch! And especially exciting since that's what I'm going to be doing in three weeks! YIPEE!
P.S. Sorry about the crappy picture - that's the view from the front of our house!