balloon classic

per tradition, we got up bright and early to go check out the colorado balloon festival. it's one of my favorite events that occurs here in colorado springs and always during the labor day weekend.  there is the balloon take off in the mornings and the balloon glow in the evenings (which is stunningly beautiful as well but happens kind of late for us since we have a earlier bedtime for C).  this was the 37th year for the festival, 12th year for me and 3rd year for channing.  she has loved it every time.  

on the drive there. 

on the drive there. 

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many of the balloons "dip" into the lake for a little extra show. 

many of the balloons "dip" into the lake for a little extra show. 

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from the inside of the balloon.

from the inside of the balloon.

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who needs a basket when you can just strap yourself into a chair?  crazy guy!! 

who needs a basket when you can just strap yourself into a chair?  crazy guy!! 

someone was very excited to get her own balloon! 

someone was very excited to get her own balloon!