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  • The first day of Fall has arrived! Finally. Nothing beats Fall weather. I could just kiss it and spin happily around it. Fall brings so many happy days into my life one being The Hot Air Balloon Festival. The skies are peppered with Hot Air balloons gingerly drifting through the sky as if pieces of rainbows were playing ping pong through the clouds. What does it feel like to float through the true blue canopy that covers this majestic land? I stood on the grass and looked at the sky which was as if confetti was falling from the clouds. Beautiful, just beautiful. All this colorful fabric waltzing it's way back to earth.
    The brightly colored fabric of the Hot Air Balloon is called the Envelope. The basket is called The Basket, or the Gondola and is made up of good ole wicker which will flex on impact if the earth comes to meet you before your ETA! Most baskets will last about 800 hours. That's not including layover time. Sadly no air miles granted here. I'm not sure if your balloon attendant will offer wine and a nicely decked out cheese board or just peanuts.
    As for me I will have to have a whole bottle of Pinot Noir before I'm carried into the basket. Oh no!, that rhymes with casket! Well, either way, please wrap me in heavy duty bubble wrap. Wrap my little onion head too, just make some slits for my eyes and nose.
    Lastly some Hot Air Balloons can carry up to twelve people, but most baskets carry three to five people. As of this minute I don't have the courage to be carried off into the sunset in one of these magic carpets yet. I think I'll keep admiring their exceptional beauty with my feet firmly planted on the ground.
    Happy Landing.
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