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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Weekend Adventures: Hot Air Balloon Fest

Hello There!
There comes a time when you have to make a very grave decision.
How are we going to combat these dog days?
A lake day spent under the blazing sun? A farmers market raid followed by baking up a storm?
My vote; a hot air balloon festival.
We piled into the station wagon and dashed off to the countryside.
Blooming landscapes, flourishing bumble bees and golden fields that stretched and rolled through the valleys.
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But first, food. 
With a smorgasbord ready for the taking, we followed our noses and wound up in (a milelong) line for some seafood.Beautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineGrouper, shrimp, crab cakes and heaps of grilled veggies. It was an obvious choice.Beautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshine
Steaming plates ready to be devoured, we planted ourselves on the lawn and fell mesmerized by the vibrant, budding balloons.

Guess how long it takes to fill one of these bad boys up.
Just under ten minutes!Beautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshine
Blooming balloons were quite the show, but the real spectacle began when the sun went down.
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Beaming about, I twirled with my camera not wanting to miss the brilliant bursts of color dancing among the night sky. The crowd, surrounded by enormous lit lanterns, was also swiftly entranced by the animated light show.
Beautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineA Wicked balloon, donned with "Defy Gravity" on the side.
Wickedly clever! Beautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshine
It was one of those quintessential summer evenings. Balmy with a breeze, a perfect mix of fireflies and mosquitoes and the smell of sunscreen and freshly cut grass littered the air.
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Is anyone else slightly reminded of the Heffalumps and Woozles from Winnie the Pooh?
No, just me? Alright then.Beautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshineBeautyosaurus Lex- lifestyle-wisconsin-hot air balloon-summer-sunshine
Cheery, ethereal and delightfully magical. I had to pinch myself on the way home to make sure this wasn't all just a daze. The longing for some room to stretch out and a scenic countryside drive, has been fulfilled.



With a smile washed over me and speckled in mosquito bites, I headed home enchanted by the dwindling glow in my rear-view.

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