Starting to venture a little bit out of Mt. Shasta City and deeper into Siskiyou County for this adventure, The Montague Hot Air Balloon Fair!
As a treat on my birthday, my husband and I got up really early and drove to the Montague fairgrounds to watch as the giant balloons lit up with fumes and slowly ascended into the sky alongside the sun. Did I mention it was early? If you want to see the best part, I recommend getting there around 6am. Early. *yawn*
Coffee and donuts were available, music was playing through the loudspeakers, and I was tightly wrapped in my blanket when I was randomly selected to ride in a hot air balloon! I had been trying for months to find a way to get a ride in a hot air balloon on my birthday, which happened to fall on the fair weekend. As part of the deal, I helped the crew unload the balloon and basket, unfold the canvas, and begin the process of putting everything together. I learned so much! It was quite the experience.
As the Mothra (the name of the balloon I was in) slowly rose up like a sleepy giant, I climbed in with the biggest grin on my face and started waving to my friends as I flew up, up, up! If you get the chance to ride in a Hot Air Balloon, don’t miss it. The views were incredible accompanied with the feeling of weightless floating hundreds of feet in the air.
Afterwards, the crew invited us to a BBQ with them afterwards and gave us a VIP pass with the Mothra! Happy Birthday to me! We attended the Balloon fair in 2015 and I look forward to seeing it again this year. The fair is on September 23rd-25th at the Montague Fair Grounds.
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