Friday, June 24, 2016

NC Hot Air Balloon Festival 2015

This was back in mid-October of last year.  Now that 8 months have passed I feel like I can look back at these photos without the acute anxiety in my chest that this day originally brought me, and I can almost laugh.  Almost, but not quite...  

It's a long story, but basically the weather was perfect that weekend, and I don't know if they advertised differently or what, but a much larger crowd showed up than usual.  We've been going to the NC Hot Air Balloon Festival for years, and it's always a highlight of our year, so I had invited some friends to come along.  Basically, after waiting for hours in traffic that didn't move, and seeing the hot air balloons disappearing through the sky, we finally arrived and took these photos in the parking lot before we even entered the fair.  Which was fortunate, because once we got into the event the last balloons had just launched and we had missed the entire thing.  Our friends who had traveled for hours to be there were turned away because the parking was completely full and there was no more room in the Inn.  I was dying inside that I had invited friends, only for them to get so close and then be turned away.  I felt really awful.  

But we tried to make the best of the night.  We caught a few cute photos, ate well, saw my favorite Scottish band play and then headed home.  Kind of a fiasco of a day, and I don't know if we will try again next year.  My heart might need a skip year to recover.

But despite the inner anguish, I think we still managed to look adorable.  Those kids...

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