Colorado (Cont'd)

 

The hot-air balloons were lined up just downwind of me. It would have been kind of fun to bounce off the side of someone's balloon, but professionalism prevailed, and I poured out some of my water ballast so that I would pop up fast enough to get over them.

I told crew to release me, and up I went.

 


Photo: Marjorie Walters

 


Photo: Mancos Times

 


Photo: Marjorie Walters

 


Photo: Marjorie Walters

 

I got a nice, close-up view of the top of a couple of hot-air balloons, and then I was leading the parade north out of Mancos.

 

 

Colorado Launch Movie (859 KB)

Video: Crystal Blake

 


Photo: Mancos Times

 

Up higher, the wind seemed to be headed toward a heavily wooded area further to the east, so we all stayed fairly low, following a highway that headed north out of town.

 


Photo: Patricia Burk

 

 

 


Photo: Patricia Burk

 

 


Photo: Patricia Burk

 

It was a beautiful morning for flying with balloons.

 


Photo: Patricia Burk

 

Continued....