Hey, what are those specks floating above the soybean fields? Yep, the Friday evening balloon race drifted southwest of Centralia, right into our line of sight from the deck. There are 41 or 42 balloons in Centralia for the Balloon Festival this weekend. I counted 27 of them across the horizon at one time after I snapped this quick pic in the fading daylight.
We needed milk and bread, and the back road we usually take into town was lined with many more cars and trucks than usual. Lots of people were out, following the balloons and chase crews. Some years, the cars whipping on and off the shoulders of the little country roads are kind of scary, but everyone seemed fairly restrained and courteous tonight :) Lots of times over the years, I've heard various people try to discourage fans from chasing the balloons. . . but when the crews can get through to their balloons as they land, and when everyone is playing nice, there is nothing as exciting as following the pack of balloons and waving to the pilots and riders in the baskets!