Saturday, February 12, 2011

Lake Havasu's First Annual Hot Air Balloon Festival

  Last month, we met up with my parents in Lake Havasu for the balloon festival. There was so much going on. The actual festivities were at the Nautical Inn, on the island. The golf course was the place to be. There was balloons, food, craft vendors, entertainment, and a small carnival.
The problem's an island. 
One way in, 
one way out.
 This made for lots of traffic. There were supposed to be 42 balloons participating. I think I counted a total  of maybe 13 that actually flew. There was a slight wind all three days. I guess anything over 5 mph and the balloons stay grounded. Aside from the balloons there were ultra lights as well as bi-planes.
The ultra lights
The view of the ferris wheel  from across the channel.
It was fun to watch this crew trying to bring this  "Serve Jesus" balloon in. One of the boats had a tow line, gently pulling it towards shore....then some unlucky fool guy had to go in waist deep to grab the line to bring the balloon in the rest of the way.

Its, a car, it's a's definatly cute!

This Jack-in-the-box was huge!
He got off the ground, but didn't travel very far before coming down again.
There are several light houses dotting the shore of the island.

       Perfect ending of a perfect day? 
A beautiful sunset.

 Lake Havasu and the Parker Strip are right there at the 
top of my list of my all time favorite spots to getaway! 
Water, desert heat, and carefree days, 
yup my favorite...
rates right up there with these two guys! 
Next year? Count me in!


The Picketts said...

looks like so much fun! That place is one of my favs too - although, I've only been there a few times. you can't help but feel relaxed there!

Dana said...

I wish we could have gone too. Next year for sure!

Amy said...

This looks like such fun to go to! (minus the traffic), I loved all of the artistic shots, I love your photography. And those sunsets are stunning.

Kayla said...

That looks like so much fun!!! Your photos are amazing! I love looking at them!!

The 3 planes are awesome!

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