About 7:30 this morning I was sitting in the back of the RV when we saw a couple of hot air balloons floating over the trees outside of our rear window. What a nice sight to start the day. They were quickly gone and I was reading the news on the computer when I heard a loud noise that sounded like it was right above our rig. I knew right away that it was the blast from a balloon, so Val ran (and I hobbled) outside where we saw another balloon close by. It was moving pretty fast, but we managed to get this picture before it was gone.
They really are beautiful to see. We are hoping to get to the balloon festival near Albuquerque in October. We may have to take a motorcycle ride to see it as it seems that all the places to stay in that area are already full (or are charging something like $200 a day for camping!). There's just something peaceful and exhilarating at the same time when you see a hot air balloon. Our friend Rene, who we spent time with both here in Orlando and down in Wauchula, is a balloon pilot and was busy most mornings taking folks for rides. He lives with his wife Mira in Gloucester, VA, and we look forward to seeing them again when we finally get to Thousand Trails Chesapeake.
On another note, Val has been responsible since my surgery for getting some pictures for the blog, but hasn't had a chance to get many. But on her walk yesterday, her inner artistic talent took over and she got this close-up of a plant in the water. I will admit that I cropped and softened it just a bit, but it is a wonderful photo.