07/02/11 – Hot Air Balloon Festival

At 4:30 am this morning, I got myself ready for the morning launch of the Hot Air Balloon Festival on the Hudson River.  We arrived at the Walkway Over the Hudson around 5:15 am to make sure we were able to get a good spot for viewing and photographs.  This is the third time I’ve been to the festival, but the first time posting photos from it.

The 11th annual festival kicked off late Friday with the launch of hot air balloons at various locations around the area.  On Saturday & Sunday, they all launch around 6 am from the Hudson River Rowing Association Boathouse in Poughkeepsie, barring unfavorable weather conditions.

With conditions just right, the balloons took off one by one.  I took several hundred photos from the event, and will post some of the best ones in the next day or two.  Hope everyone is enjoying their 4th of July weekend! 😀

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