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There was one week close to unbearable. This is humidity on the...

And this ride, the Sidewinder, kept us running. I had a way,...

for children and the elderly. (Not me!) I had a zip bag...

HATED this ride. So many close calls. So stressed at the end...

The Frog Hopper was a thrill ride for the little ones!

This was a thrill ride for bigger ones! Those fellows are cleaning...

Called the Splash Over, it spun over and over

I finally got the shot of the hair that I wanted

One of two wooden roller coasters. This one is the Outlaw.

I sat the riders while Marc turned turned it on and off....

Imagine building a nest on a roller coaster!

The Convoy was my game this past week. Learned to load one...

But they sure made it fun to operate. Told them all they...

 

 

 

 

 

A hollow bug

Starving (actually very well fed) catfish that the folks pay 25 cents...

Lots of bunnies live at Adventureland.

A very hard working ant

I arrived early at the Balloon Festival and wondered where and what...

A scoreboard and a bunch of food booths were there and it...

After about an hour, signs of happenings were beginning to occur

Cute fire truck. The festival was in Indianola, 27 miles from Adventureland.

Crews headed to their sites.

Crowds started forming

And the band kept us entertained

Strips of color began appearing as crews readied for the event

More paint on the land

Then that first balloon started coming to life

Larger...

and larger...

Balanced and ready...

and then up up and away in their beautiful balloon!

I looked back at the site, and that's when the earth started...

Meanwhile, the first balloon, lowered whatever they use to drop at the...

And the earth was magic

And so beautiful

 

One by one by two by four...they rose and drifted west.

It was fun watch the process

 

 

 

 

If you're sick of balloons, you better stop now... (but you'll miss...

 

 

My favorite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were only two non-traditional ones...this guy

and one they just called Yellow Bird. Isn't it Tweetie Pie?

The sky was filled with balloons heading toward the setting sun

Boots gets to lick the bowl


It's been a busy 3 weeks since I last posted. Busy, of course, as they have us working six days a week. It's good for me so I'm not complaining. Photos on this update will include the rides I have operated since my last post...some of the photos show why it's often a heck of a lot of fun to be working at an amusement park.

I've included a few obligatory bugs or animals, but the best pictures show the most exciting day I've had since visiting the Dutch town of Pella - my first experience at a Balloon Festival. I've seen hot air balloons but usually singularly in the sky above me. I once saw several in the sky driving past the festival in Reno en route to the Camel Races in Virginia City. (I have to insert, here, an unusual coincidence that occurred while I was in Virginia City. Sitting in the stands, the announcer told us that Lorne Green had just died. At the time I was stunned as his wonderful show, Bonanza, was 'set' in that very town! And there I was on the day he died!)

Back to the balloons and the experience I will never forget. I didn't learn nearly enough, but I did learn that they vie for points as they guide to and land their gondolas onto specific spots. First, a single balloon rose and flew? - well, hot aired itself - in the direction of a designated area to deposit the target. And THEN!!! it was magic! The balloons had all been assembled by then; their crews had spread them on the ground posed to be inflated, the baskets readied. It seemed I only looked away for an instant as that first balloon rose and floated away and when I turned back, the earth began bubbling with amazing color! It almost looked as if the earth was coming alive. If you like color, you'll probably like the pictures. There were seventy-five balloons and I took over two hundred photos, but, no, I only included a sampling. A rather large sampling, but you know...it was special.



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