This is exactly why I love Fall. I have been waiting ALL
month week to finally go to the Hot Air Balloon Festival that’s held here in Gonzales, LA. The last time we attended was in 2010 and it was still here in Baton Rouge. After moving to a new city with more ground, there were a lot more activities added to the festival. And being that one of those activities was on my bucket list, I was sold.
The food–amazing. But isn’t fair food always amazing? I could not wait to get down there and get my chicken on a stick but when I saw bbq pork on a stick, ya’ll.. I indulged and I pigged out! I have no regrets. At. All.
After eating, the kids spent a little time in the Kid’s Zone which included a load of inflatables and other fun activities. The “rides” were a bit expensive but I expected that since they were local businesses. And while I just could not spend $75 for them to bounce around for a few hours, they did get a chance to have a little fun in the inflatables.
I also got a chance to get on a ride… something that I had been wanting to do for a while now. Yes, I got in a hot air balloon! Although tethered, it was still an awesome experience. I wasn’t sure if they kids would be afraid or not so I decided to ride in the balloon alone. Next year, I’ll be sure to let them get in the balloon with me. *Ride in a Hot Air Balloon – check!
The view was simply amazing. The picture doesn’t even do it justice. Being in the balloon really makes me one day want to take a ride that isn’t tethered.
Besides riding in the hot air balloon and the food (of course), my favorite part of the festival was the night show. Things really get interesting at night.
Besides aliens, all of the balloons glow and then there’s fireworks. There’s also an activity where the pilots “twinkle” and they glow to the tune of music. Pretty cool to see.
In the past, we never stayed for the firework show but this time we did. And after seeing it, I’m glad that we did. There were hearts and smiley faces and all type of designs and patterns. I didn’t take any pictures of the fireworks because I was too intrigued and amazed, plus I didn’t want to pull out my camera once we packed everything up. We got home around 11 PM and everyone was beat. I guess you can say we all enjoyed ourselves.
While I’d much rather dwell on the fun that I’ve had yesterday, but this cloudy day will be spent cleaning, studying, and preparing for the school and work week. Womp. But not only that, today will be spent reflecting.. on the laughter, the smiles, the satisfied bellies, and the familyhood of yesterday. Yesterday was a wonderful day. A wonderful, blessed day.