Every September Reno’s most colorful and exciting festival sweeps me off my feet, and I fall in love with it all over again.
The Great Reno Balloon Race is the “world’s largest free hot air ballooning event.” For 3 days, thousands of locals drag themselves out of bed at an ungodly hour to sit bundled-up in a large open field and enjoy the festivities. The days start at 5:00 am with the Glow Show, followed by Dawn Patrol, and finish with the Mass Ascension.
There is nothing that beats the sights, sounds, and excitement of watching a hundred hot air balloons inflate, launch, and float away into the clear blue desert sky. It’s indescribable, really, so I’ll let some pictures that I took this morning describe it for me….
Pretty exciting stuff! Seeing it in person is even better. In person it’s this kind of exciting: