The Great Reno Balloon Race is held every September just north of The Biggest Little City in the World. On September 11th, 2011, my mom and I woke up at 4:00 a.m., drove 30+ miles down the mountain and arrived just in time for Dawn Patrol — the release of five balloons that glowed on and off like light bulbs as they floated into the darkness. As the sun rose, more teams worked to unfurl their balloons onto the grass, inflated them with blasts of loud, fiery air like dragon’s breath, and wrangled them into upright position. And then … escape … quietly, peacefully, one by one, into the blue morning sky.



      1. Agreed! Seems we have a lot in common. Really enjoyed your post about seeing Galapagos cheaply. Booking locally is such a great money saver, and yet almost no one is willing to be that spontaneous and trust that it will all work out just fine. I could go on for hours! ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking forward to reading more. Where are you going next?


      2. Oh, I won’t be going anywhere for a little while – I will have to resist the itch for as long as possible as I’ll be a full-time student next year… but we shall see. So jealous of you (but in a good way)! You’ve seen and experienced so much. I’ve been to both India and Japan so feel free to pick my brain if you do decide to go!


    1. T-Paine!! Yes, the balloon races are so fun! All’s well in Singapore. How’s Truckee? When are you getting hitched? ๐Ÿ™‚ See you in June — back on the 20th. Can’t wait! Happy hour?


      1. Right back at ya! I love how crisp and natural your photos look! You’ve got a great eye for colour!!!


      2. Thank you again! The color palette of your photos is so subtle, nuanced, elegant, beautiful — so different from mine. Looking forward to seeing and learning more from your perspective. Hope you’re enjoying London. I lived there for 18 months.


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