Overhead, the woosh of gas burners greets me as I step from the RV to begin my daily stroll – it is gonna be a great day! This Saturday morning, the whole area surrounding the park is buzzing with activity. Early rising Little League baseball players are already warming up on the numerous fields surrounding the balloon park. Volunteers are busy all over the site stringing flags, setting out trash cans, painting rails, pulling weeds and making the balloon fiesta park a magnificent setting for the hundreds of balloons soon to be displayed here.
As I mentioned in my previous video, we plan to return to the National Nuclear Science and History Museum today and we already have our free “Museum Day” tickets printed. After I run a few morning errands while Storm assists the other volunteers with some banner repairs, I return to the RV to pick he and Monte up for the ride to the museum and possibly one more run over the musical road.
Pulling into park, I am greeted by a few fellow volunteers soaking in the sun who inform me that a balloon repair shop responsible for repairing the Pirate Ship special shape balloon (click here for picture) has requested volunteers to help them inspect and repair the balloon. Our plans for the museum are immediately discarded as Storm, Monte and I pile into the Prius for a short trip down to the balloon field.
I created the following time lapse video of our experience with the balloon repair. My GoPro camera operating in its normally unpredictable way decided to add vertical lines to the pictures halfway through the film. Please ignore those if possible as I could not delete those pics without compromising the story. Hopefully I can figure out that camera’s problem before my next recording session!