There's a balloon on our house
Submitted by admin on Thu, 06/07/2012 - 8:18am
My wife this morning heard some strange sound outside that sounded like air escaping. I went outside to see what it was, expecting it to be the street sweeper or something.
Then I saw someone standing in the the street looking up in the air toward our house. I turned around, and couldn't see anything because of the tree in our front yard. I could hear voices talking above me, and for a second I thought our new neighbors were doing something on their roof.
But then caught a glimpse of color through the tree, and then the sound of a hot air balloon's propane burner blasting out flame. The basket of the balloon was right at the top of the tree, if not actually touching it.
I shot this photo after running back inside to get the camera. I'm not sure if the balloon was having problems or not, as it was bouncing up and down in the air several times, landing once close to Fremont Elementary School, but taking off again. The last I saw of it, the balloon was heading toward the north side of town.
Another neighbor across the street said the balloon almost landed in our backyard. That would have been a real problem for the balloon's owner, as I doubt extracting the craft could have been done without causing a great deal of damage.
Hopefully he finds a better place to land.