For as long as I can remember I have always had a fascination with hot air balloons. I can’t quite pinpoint what exactly it was about them but I was always drawn to their uniqueness. I loved the idea of being able to view a city from high up above and feel untouchable. I imagined that you would feel a different type of freedom and adrenaline then you would normally feel being seated in an airplane. I was also so intrigued by the shapes, sizes and colors these gigantic balloons came in as well as the fact that it was only lit by one strong powerful source of a burning flame! Frightening but yet enchanting.
This year I was fortunate enough to go to Canada’s international balloon festival held in Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu! The drive was a bit far from where I live, but totally worth every minute! My family and I all went, and we decided not to go into where all the attractions were being held, but rather we parked in an open field nearby and watched the hot air balloons take off from a distance!
Sitting in an open field on a beautiful summer evening and watching the balloons take off, was seriously a once in a lifetime moment! We were able to see each balloon rise just above the tips of the trees and take off into the air! Within every 15 seconds another balloon was released into the air! You watched all the balloons take off until they were too small and vanished into the distance of the clouds. After over one hundred balloons took off we got into our cars and started to head back home.
As we looked in the rearview mirror all we could see was a beautiful sunset and tiny black shapes in the sky as if the balloons were following us home!
Written by Emilie Berbrier.