Monday, July 25, 2011

What's Up?

Rendezvous Balloon Rally
Riverton, WY
July 2011

 "Jack N D Box" was the only character balloon at the rally this year and
 was piloted by John Harlow from Springfield, MO.

The crowd was patient as Jack's arms, hair, nose, and even the toys, 
surrounding him were inflated. 

The local paper reported that Jack required a team of 10 people and as well as four times as many tanks of propane to fully inflate. Jack is a HUGE balloon, stretching 110 feet, twice as long as a regular balloon. He looked like Gulliver reclining on the field.

 Slowly, Jack began to rise. . .

 and rise. . .

 and rise. . .

until he was fully upright. 

Jack was impressive on the field; however, I can only imagine
 how he looked aloft since Jack remained on the ground the day I attended.


  1. Oooh... ahhh... I've always loved hot air balloons. Went up - tethered to the ground - in one in 6th grade. Want to go on the sunrise "experience" a local company offers!

  2. Amazing! The is one huge balloon. You got some great shot of the process.

  3. I love the big balloons! What a shame that you didn't get to see Jack fly.

  4. WOW! I would have loved to have seen these! We don't have any balloon festivals around here. I guess our terrain doesn't make for good ballooning.


  5. WOW he is huge. That was always a fun day to see all the balloons in the air and to get that close to them while they are getting them ready to fly.

  6. can i have fries with that??

  7. Wow, very cool pictures! Too bad you couldn't see him fly.

  8. I love Jack! We once went to a balloon festival. It was so fun.

  9. That balloon is huge! I don't think I'll ever have the courage to go up in a hot air balloon.

  10. Hi Nancy!
    I love balloons, i would like to go up in one of them.
    I do not know if sewing on buttons or embroider the eyes, and i pretend to quilt whiskers and a tail. I have little time, is a gift to a friend who loves cats, I have to finished in one week or have to wait until next summer.
    Enjoy Agust


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