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[vermont] 2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

Got up at 5am on Saturday to see the 6am ascension at the Quechee Balloon Festival. Parking for the event is at the Polo field (where the Scottish Festival is held) and you're shuttled to the festival grounds via school bus.

I was going just to take pictures. I bypassed the crowd sitting on the sloped lawn and went down to walk amongst the balloons as they're filled.

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

It all happens rather quickly. They're filled with hot air, people are loaded into the baskets, then it's up, up and away.

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

As soon as a balloon is airborne, it's van takes off- chasing the balloon to pick everyone up wherever it ends up landing.

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

2015 Quechee Balloon Festival

I was back home by 7:30. And in bed at 7:31.

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