Yesterday was opening day at the Hunterdon County 4-H and agricultural Fair. “What language did you just speak?” the hot air balloon man said as I climbed into with first one foot, then another (Ha, Ha, Ha). What I was really saying very fast was, “I’m feel like I’m an Olympic athlete (thinking gymnastics-pommel horse) trying to the climb up into this thing.” First, I put one foot up, then I quickly (split second) realized, my best way was to get on my knees (the leather edges of the balloon’s basket were very soft), hold on to the ropes, and hoist myself up, and then step down. “Hooray, I’m in.” All of this happened very fast. The prior riders had to stay inside the balloon’s basket to provide weight until both my husband and then I got in. My husband is taller, so he practically stepped in with ease.
Let me backtrack to the beginning.
As soon as we parked the car, and started to walk along the gravel road, a rep from the balloon company asked us if we wanted to try the Hot Air Balloon ride. I asked, “How long are you up there?” He said, “About 30 seconds, then the balloon slowly comes down. Pat is always game to try new things, and said, “Yes, we’ll do it!”, and the man said to gather over there to wait. I’ll get in line, but there’s still time to change my mind, I thought. There was hardly a line.
I’ll have to say that the hardest part was climbing into the hot air balloon basket!!! I had imagined that it might feel like a giant rocking chair swaying in the sky to the wind’s, I was hoping, gentle breeze. To my amazement, I was correct. Of course, this was a trial, and the hot air balloon was tied securely on three sides to three heavy pick-up trucks.
I was holding on to the camera, and my husband asks, “Have you taken a picture yet?” No, I say, as I’m clutching very tightly to the camera string, I might drop it. “Pass it to me,” he says. So here’s my picture too.
Would you like to see how enormous the fair is? This is the “bird’s-eye view”!!
Look at all those tents, red and white striped ones, and there’s an enormous amusement ride to the right of the photo.
In the photo above, there is one of the pick-up trucks, a dark green truck that the hot air balloon is secured to with cable lines.
The balloon company workers are wearing the light blue tee shirts. Very nice and helpful guys. You must listen and follow their instructions of when to climb in and when to climb out of the balloon’s basket. They are pretty strong, too, when my mother had her turn in the hot air balloon, they lifted her out of the basket.
Of course, I zoomed in , while standing on the ground to get this shot of the interior of the balloon. While I was on the hot air balloon, it was exactly that , Hot!!!! , I felt the heat, but I didn’t look up!
In Flight Balloon adventures is the name of the company.
This little dog was so cute, and very friendly to us. He was well trained to stay inside the pick-up truck, too.
Let’s get our walking shoes on and get this party started.
Did you know that llamas are used on farms as guard animals, “guard Llamas” . They protect against wild coyotes. I can see why, these animals seem cuddly cute but they are very tall compared to a sheep.
Come on, we’re going to take a little closer look at the cows! Cows are my favorite farm animal!! You can call me cow paparazzi!!
There is a tent where judging of the cows take place as well.
Do you know the 4-H Pledge?
my head to clearer thinking.
My heart to greater loyalty
my hands to larger service
and my health to better living
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
“It is a common practice to involve hand motions to accompany these spoken words. While reciting the first line of the pledge, the speaker will point to their head with both of their hands. As the speaker recites the second line, they will place their right hand over their heart, much like during the Pledge of Allegiance. For the third line, the speaker will present their hands, palm side up, before them. For the fourth line, the speaker will motion to their body down their sides. And for the final line, the speaker will usually place their right hand out for club, left hand for community, bring them together for country, and then bring their hands upwards in a circle for world.”
Both my sister an I belonged to 4_H clubs from the age of 9 years through high school; each year, we entered our cooking and sewing projects and in our teen years did twirling demos and competitions.