Sunday evening was the last night of the balloon festival and the wind cooperated enough for them to hold the Field of Fire. We walked over to the festival as the sun was setting.
We watched as twenty-five balloons set up for the evening glow, there were seventy balloons in total but not all participate in the Field of Fire. It was a mass of envelopes (that is what they call the balloon) inflating on top of each other in a small area.
It was hard to get any really good pictures because of the small area (I couldn’t get far enough away for a shot of the whole group), as well as the big lights and the people … and honestly I’m not that good of a photographer to do the balloons justice!
I wish the weather had been better but we did have a good time and the tickets are only $5.00 each per day. It cost us $120.00 to stay at the Marina for seven nights of dry camping, which included a free dump and water fill (and honestly there was nobody monitoring the dump site so you could dump and fill more than once if you needed to). There is a bus that runs every half hour from the Marina to the festival site, but it is only a mile walk so that is what we did most of the time.
Did you know? … a balloon envelope will hold 110,000 basketballs! And my sister asked a good question yesterday, “How much does a hot air balloon cost? From my Internet search it appears an average two-person balloon costs about $22,000; a four-person balloon costs between $35,000 to $45,000; and I can’t even begin to imagine what the big shape balloons cost! These costs include the envelope, gondola, fuel tanks, and instruments and then you would still need to provide your chase vehicle. And of course I’m sure those are USD, which means it would be even more expensive, right now, for Canadians!
We are now tucked into a corner 🙂 of the desert near Quartzite, which so far isn’t that crowded, but I’m sure that will change as the weekend and the start of their annual RV Show approaches.
Until next time …