Monday, May 18, 2009

Blue Monday



Please visit Sally at Smiling Sally for more Blue Monday blogs.  Thanks Sally for hosting this fun day.

I wanted to  share some pictures of our vacation with you …..the balloon has blue  on it.



It is about 5:00 am and the balloon and basket arrive at launch site in this trailer.



They are getting the basket ready, attaching gas blowers.



Balloon is first filled with air from fans.



In these two pictures air is being heated to complete filling.



As balloon fills and rises the basket is turn up so we can load.




We are ready!



This is a picture of the other balloon as it lifts off



The other balloon.

After the ride, there is a small brunch and each passenger receives their Diploma from the College of Hot Air Knowledge.

It was a beautiful morning and the sunrise from a balloon over the red rocks of Sedona is a breathtaking experience.

Hope you enjoyed the trip and have a Happy Blue Monday.


Hugs from Home,



Robin said...

Looks like a lot of fun and I bet the views are breathtaking! AZ has some beautiful places.

Take Care - Robin

Marie Reed said...

Up up and away!!!! I've always wanted to do this! How magical!

Becky K. said...

The College of Hot Air

Looks like a good time! We had a balloon land on the road in front of our house a year or so ago. It was quite fun. I felt a bit bad for the cows who were traumatized. Not sure their milk was quite as good that day.

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

A hot air balloon ride is on my bucket list. I've attended a few balloon launches in Binghamton, New York at their Spedie Fest. It is an awsome site to see so many balloons in the sky. I'm sure the area where you went was marvelous.

Knitty said...

They are so pretty to watch, but I am too chicken to ride. My resolve not to do so was confirmed when my friend had a bad landing and one of the passengers got a broken arm. Yikes!

Stacey said...

I've always wanted to do that! It looks like so much fun and the balloons are beautiful!

Cindy said...

Looks like a lot of fun! Cindy

Shellmo said...

I can only imagine the beautiful views from that balloon!! Fun!

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

Looks like a wonderful vacation! Happy Blue Monday ~ Susan

Eclectic Pink Rose said...

Wow!! How awesome was that? I can only imagine the views. You are a brave woman, I couldn't do it, I'd be passed out on the floor from my fear of heights, but that had to have been incredible, love the pics!
♥ Teresa

Valerie said...

My parents often took us kids to go watch the hot air balloon lift offs at a park in St. Louis. Your post brought back many great memories!

Happy Blue Monday,

Sandi@ My Yellow Door said...

My hubby would love to go up in one of those; not me, I prefer to keep my feet on the ground. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Happy Blue Monday.


Barb~Bella Vista said...

Hi Barbara, looks like a great time.

Happy Blue Monday.


Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

We were part of a balloon festival and had an awesome time. It was gorgeous seeing the many balloons up in the air together. Stop by my site for Blue Monday. If you see what you like, be sure to subscribe to my blog so that you can visit often. Just click "follow" on the right column.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

How wonderful! I love Sedona and can't wait to visit again. It looks like you had a blast and now I'll look into booking "passage" for my hubbs and I. I know he'd love it!

ButterYum said...

You couldn't pay me to go in one of those things, but I love to watch them float in the sky!

Smilingsal said...

Oh, what fun! Happy Blue Monday

marty39 said...

A balloon ride is such fun and Sedona is such a gorgeous place. So glad you are having fun. Hugs, Marty

Elizabeth said...

I am so jealous! It is one of my "bucket list" items to go up in a hot air balloon, but I can't get anyone to go with me!

Fifi Flowers said...

Up up and away your beautiful balloon!

Terry said...

Happy Blue Monday ,
What a delightful vacation .
Wow and a Dipolma too :)
What a fun class .
How very cool to fly up over the gorgeous landscapes and see all those amazing views of the great southwest as you float merrily along.Thaks for sharing this was great !!!!
Have a blessed week.

Beverly said...

Oh, wow! How fantastic. I've always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon.

KayC. said...

I would love to be brave enough to
be flying in a hot air balloon. I would be afraid that I would have to have them set it down after we got a few feet in the air, and that would make some people a little upset at me...don't you think? So I would stay on the ground taking photos of them foating away...

Margaret Cloud said...

I bet that is a lot of fun and very exciting. Glad you had a nice time, I don't think I would have enough nerve to do that.

Southern Lady said...

What an adventure, Barbara! Thank you for sharing it with us ... that's probably as close as I'll ever get to a balloon ride. I'm so glad you enjoyed your vacation. Sedona is truly an amazing, as well as beautiful, place.

ginny said...

The pictures are beautiful. We see a lot of hot air balloons around here during the spring and summer. I think they are awesome.