Family Field Trip: Adirondack Balloon Festival


A few weeks ago, we drove 6 hours to upstate New York to bring Carolyn to experience her first hot air balloon festival. (She behaved surprisingly well in the car - we only had to break out the DVD player once.)

The festival itself is a bit of a bizarre animal. You get up at 5am, drive to an airfield in the middle of nowhere in the dark with hundreds of other cars, drive down the runway and park, then spend, oh, 30 minutes watching hot air balloons inflate and take off. Then it's time for breakfast.

Carolyn seemed to like the balloons alright (especially the Nemo clownfish one), but I think her patience wore a bit thin with the cold weather (high 30s/low 40s) and the fact that we woke her up in the morning to arrive in time.

We were pretty excited to go to The Silo for breakfast. It was about a 40 minute drive from the airport to the restaurant because of the festival traffic. We expected Carolyn to take a little nap before we got there, but she stayed awake the entire car ride... until we pulled into the parking lot. One minute she was talking with Kristen, then I suggested they get out and put our name in while I found a parking space, but when we looked at Carolyn she was fast asleep. Oh well. So we came back for lunch instead.

I think the highlight of the weekend for Kristen was when she complained about the obnoxious family next door to us at the hotel, and they proceeded to upgrade us to a suite, which was much more comfortable for all of us than the kinda-crummy room they had originally given us.

Anyway, check out the video and pictures below, or click over to the photo album for higher quality pics.



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