First things first

Dawn Patrol

A Fiesta visitor’s day begins when the gates open at around 4am and they merge into building foot and vehicular traffic as everyone streams onto the the balloon field.  The smart guests are bundled up against the surprisingly chilly pre-dawn temperatures.  A party in the dark commences as the midway opens and food, souvenirs and freebies become available.  Balloons are stretched out on the ground from one end of the field to the other end, ready to inflate as soon as the Launch Directors (aka Zebras) give the green flag for a launch.  Weather permitting, 6 balloons called the Dawn Patrol depart before sunrise to gather wind information and report that info back to the field for the pilot briefing at 6:15am.  If weather is agreeable, a green flag is raised, the balloons are released to launch and the camera shutters start fluttering like hummingbird wings around a freshly filled feeder.  Here is my report and a few pics from one of the mornings that I visited the field just as the Dawn Patrol lifted off.

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About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow me as I travel all over the US in my Country Coach RV volunteering, making new friends and pursuing a constant outdoor temperature between 70F and 80F. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks I learn!

2 Replies to “First things first”

  1. WOW what a site to behold. One of these days we will make it out there with ya. Really good pictures too. Thanks for sharing. GOD BLESS

    PS. Make it through the hurricane fine, but from Tryon road East it is one big mess. Smithfield is flooding big time along the river and most of the area from Fayetteville to Wilmington is flooded bit time, folks are going to need a lot of help on this one.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      Glad to hear that you are OK. We have been getting reports from relatives in Johnston County – floods have been bad. We are sorry to hear of the damage down east.

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