the inflation process - look carefully and you can see the flame inside the balloon
as they continued testing their readiness for flight - the crews were obviously in different stages of completion at any point in time.
The 37th annual Great Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) is was held on Sat September 15, 2007. The balloons are all setup close together in a large field and then they started inflating slowly. The race is called a "tortoise and hare" race because a lead balloon takes off and lands at a distant area - the "tortoise". The other balloons take off one by one(the "hares") and find the lead balloon. Once they find the lead balloon they drop a sack of birdseed as close as possible to that balloon. The balloon that drops their sack of birdseed closest to the "tortoise" wins the race.
We started out with the photographers being allowed on the launching field as the pilot and crew prepared the balloons for flight. It was great fun!!
coming soon -
a small car show -
the St Louis Air Show - from high up in the hills above the air field:
http://www.stlcofair.org/ Photos of the Chain of Rocks Bridge
A drive up the scenic Mississipi River with Fall colors