HOT AIR BALLOON OVER THE HIGHWAY

SMOKEYDOGSOCKS

VACAVILLE, CALIFORNIA, United States

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ON SATURDAYS, I GO TO YOLO SPORTSMANS ASSOCIATION, IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA, TO DO SOME TARGET SHOOTING. WELL, SOMETIMES, I SEE A “HOT AIR BALLOON OVER THE HIGHWAY” LIKE THIS AND I NEVER SEEM TO HAVE MY CAMERA OUT AT THE TIME. SO, THIS TIME, I SAW THE BALLOON FROM A LONG WAYS OFF, SO I HAD TIME TO GET OUT MY KODAK EASYSHARE Z710 AND CATCH THIS IMAGE THROUGH MY WINDSHIELD OF MY FORD EXPLORER. IT MAKES YOU WONDER IF THEY ARE GOING TO LAND ON THE HIGHWAY OR NOT. THEY USUALLY DON’T, BUT I HAVE SEEN THEM COME CLOSE TO TAKING OUT THE TOPS OF SOME LOCAL TREES. LAST WEEKEND AT YOLO, WE ALMOST HAD ONE LAND IN OUR FISH POND. HE WAS COMING DOWN REALLY FAST AND HE WAS POURING THE GAS TO THE BURNERS, TRYING TO GAIN SOME ALTITUDE. SOME OF US SHOOTERS WERE YELLING AT HIM TO PUT HIS BASKET IN THE POND. UNFORTUNATELY, THE WIND WAS BLOWING FROM NORTH TO SOUTH JUST A LITTLE TOO HARD. THE PILOT OF THE BALLOON IN THIS SHOT, HAD NO WORRIES ABOUT LANDING ON THE HIGHWAY OR IN ANYBODIES POND. SOME OF THE PILOTS OF THESE BALLOONS JUST LAND IN ANYBODY’S FIELD THAT THEY THINK THE CHASE TEAM CAN GET THEIR TRUCKS INTO. I’VE NEVER GONE UP IN A HOT AIR BALLOON, THEY ARE JUST TOO SLOW FOR ME, I LIKE THE HIGHER SPEEDS OF ENGINE POWERED AIRCRAFT. EVEN A GLIDER WAS SLOWER THAN I LIKE, SO I ONLY DID THE GLIDER ONCE. I NEVER GET THE CHANCE TO GO UP IN ANYMORE AIRCRAFT. DAMN.

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