Lake Havasu Balloon Festival, Part 1

Published January 19, 2014 by Jana

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While I was browsing through an Arizona events calendar that I downloaded, I saw a balloon festival at Lake Havasu City.  Not as big as the one in New Mexico, but it will do!  Plus the real London Bridge is there.  Since I’ve visited London, I figured I should go see it.

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It is a 3 day event, so be prepared for a lot of balloon pics!  There are over 50 balloons and they schedule a ‘mass ascension’ a couple times a day.  This is, of course, based on weather conditions. 

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The first morning was pretty good and many balloons were in the air.  They were pretty spread out, but I got some decent multi balloon shots.  I love the witch and, of course, Angry Bird.  The colors are so brilliant and with the blue sky and bright sun it is a feast for the eyes.

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Angry Bird up, Angry Bird down!

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The evening launch did not happen.  The winds were too strong and would blow them across the lake and into California.  It is a really long drive to get around the lake and would have been too much for the chase crews. 

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A few went up for a couple minutes, but were back down quickly, and still in AZ.  But many did inflate, even though they just stayed on the ground. 

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There is a fair like atmosphere, with all the good/bad fair foods you would expect.  I will have a funnel cake before I leave!

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Later,

Jana

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide

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