Saturday, September 15, 2007
Up, Up and Away!
This was the second annual Color the Skies benefit for Children's Hospital Central California. I have been to both.
In order to see this two day event, I had to get up very early. It started at 5:30 A.M and ended at 1 P.M.. I set my alarm, pulled my sweats on, threw my hair up into a pony tail, put a ball cap on, grabbed my coffee and camera. I was so excited, I had to watch how fast I was driving.
Right away, I could see that there was a lot of activity. The ground-crew members had filled the giant balloons carefully with periodic hot-flame bursts from propane burners. Hundreds of onlookers chattered and mingled among the balloons on the damp turf, while others set up lawn chairs.
This nice lady motioned to me to come closer to get a picture.
This was taken of the inside of the balloon!
The invigorating launch and poetic flight of the flock of hot air balloons.
The first balloon went up!
Here is the Gallo balloon.
And another went up and up...
This man John Ninomiva from San Diego went up in a cluster of helium balloons on Saturday. On Sunday he was attached to an ordinary hot air balloon.
This is one of the balloons they were giving away to resemble the hot air balloons.
There was also face painting (I don't know who this sweet little girl is).
There was also a section where they were flying kites.
The kids could also pick up huge wands sitting in soap buckets and blow bubbles.
Can you believe I can't get anyone in my family to go with me? This event is geared all around the children. You could get breakfast which consisted of a big plate of pancakes, eggs and sausage. There was also a magician, clown show and many performances. I noticed how all of the kids were so happy and their parents were enjoying the various events available as well. Everyone was really having a good time. You couldn't help but just feel really good walking away from this event. I was back at home by 8:30 A.M. HA! They missed it! They always wish they had gone with me after seeing the photos I have taken and how happy I am that I went.
Maybe next year...