Not your typical evening in the neighborhood

This is not something you see every day.

Yesterday evening, after dinner, we had a little excitement across the street from us.  Horses, a hot air balloon that appeared to be stuck in the trees… it was not at all a typical scene in our neighborhood.  We do see horses, and hot air balloons.  It’s just that we don’t usually see them at the same time, in the neighbor’s yard.

Yikes.. is it stuck?

As it turns out, the balloon wasn’t stuck.  There is a lot more room behind those trees than one would think when viewing it from the street.

Eventually they “walked” the balloon out from behind the trees and into the yard next door where they would have plenty of room to deflate it.

Pretty colors

Having a hot air balloon land in your yard is a good way to meet the neighbors, if you haven’t already met them during another landing in someone else’s yard.  This seems to be a popular area for hot air balloons to drop in.  We are not only in the flight path.  We are also in the landing path with lots of good places that have room for the balloon (a big lawn), and where the folks in the chase vehicle can get to them easily.

It was a funny coincidence.  Earlier in the day I had remarked to M that we haven’t seen many hot air balloons this summer.  Looks like I conjured up one.

That was our excitement for the evening.  Well, outdoor and local excitement at any rate.  We did settle in to watch the Olympics later and some of that can be exciting as well.

Last night’s moon in the sky. (Why, yes, I did take this with my point & shoot without a tripod.)

Today I took a walk around the neighborhood.  I want to get ready for our group walk in the fall, exploring and mapping and figuring out the mileage around here.  I already know it’s a half mile to the church, and a mile to the first left turn (if I’m walking east).

It was a nice walk except for a few nutters on the road.  A middle-aged woman with a mini-van full of children swerving on the road as she talks on her cell phone.  A teenager passing in a no-passing zone, giving the woman he was passing no room to move left so she could avoid me.  I ended up standing in a ditch.  I don’t know why I don’t think to take pictures of these people.  Too busy trying to make sure I don’t get hit, I suppose.

This is what it looks like most of the time. No traffic at all.

Speaking of mapping, I did work on a map of Breezy Acres over the weekend, and can’t quite get it right.  I usually end up running out of room on the paper I’m using.  I’m going to try something else, and will hopefully have a map up soon.

That’s it from the Bogs for today.  Thank you for visiting.  How was your day?  Anything unusual going on in your neighborhood?  It’s warm here in the Bogs again, both the heat and the humidity creeping up.  We might get some storms this afternoon, and that’s not such a bad thing since we’re still behind in our rainfall amounts for the year.

Peering into the neighbor’s woods

Wishing you a joyous day, a wonder-filled evening, and a peaceful night.  🙂


27 Comments on “Not your typical evening in the neighborhood”

  1. I’m looking forward to the map, actually. Not every day you see a hot air balloon in the yard next door–isn’t that the truth? Looks exciting. Hope the rest of your Monday is lovely.

    • Robin says:

      Thanks, Kathy M. 🙂

      Although we don’t see them every day, we do see hot air balloons quite frequently, and they like to land around here because some of the folks have long (LONG) stretches of lawn with no trees. I was surprised they landed where they did, given all the trees there.

  2. Denise says:

    Those are great shots right through to that gorgeous one of the thistle like pod. Very exciting to see hot air balloons land so close. I used to see them a lot go over our house when we lived in California, so close that we could see the people in the basket waving to us. Always fun! Glad you didn’t come a cropper from those silly drivers.

  3. Bo Mackison says:

    Love how exciting your neighborhood can get! We see hot air balloons but they land a few miles west of here. We never see horses on the roads — to many trails, I guess, And I’m curious about your map for Breezy Acres, too. I loved drawing maps as a kid, maybe I;ll draw a map of Stricker’s Pond. (I still owe you a photo tour of my walk if you’re still interested. – My life has finally calmed down!)

    • Robin says:

      I am indeed still interested in your photo tour, Bo! This would be a great time for a guest post here at Life in the Bogs since I’m taking a holiday from posting. (I’m hoping it will give me time to catch up with everyone else.)

  4. boatacrosstheriver says:

    What an amazing moon! Beautiful.

  5. Sallyann says:

    Great photos of the balloon. 🙂 I’ve just got together with my two sisters and bought my Mum and Dad a balloon ride for their golden wedding. 🙂
    Love your moon photo too, it’s just wonderful.

  6. we are coming up to August which will have two full moons this year. I’m wanting to get pictures of both and then play around with them a bit. Neat to see a hot air balloon up close like that. One day I’m going up in one.

    • Robin says:

      I’m wanting to do the same, Joss. The weather, of course, will have to cooperate. Usually when I make plans for a moon shot, it clouds up and/or rains. (I really don’t want to complain about rain, though, since we need it.)

  7. That is so cool to be in the flight/landing path of the balloons, and being able to see them up close like that! The only time we see hot air balloons is during the balloon festival every September, but they don’t come anywhere near our neighborhood.

  8. aFrankAngle says:

    Quite the day for the unexpected! Now that is one colorful balloon. Cheers to your day!!!

  9. Karma says:

    How neat to see hot air balloons. And the horses too. The only thing I seem to be in the flight path of is an air force base. That moon shot is pretty awesome. Tonight should be a good shooting night if the weather is clear – tonight is the night before the full moon.

  10. That would be an extremely unusual sight to see a hot air balloon in my neighborhood!! I would have to drive probably at least an hour to see a balloon (at one of the festivals around the state). What a great shot of the moon – nicely done!! 🙂

  11. Corina says:

    Be careful with those nuts, Robin! People are crazy when they drive. They seem to care only about themselves in the insulation of their vehicle.

    Love the pictures!!!

  12. milkayphoto says:

    How exciting!! Curious…can hot air balloons land any where they like?? I’ve only seen a few pass over our house in the time I’ve lived here nad not once did it occur to me that they could land in my backyard. Hmmmmm….

    Your story of the rude folks you encountered on your walk reminds me of the time I was out shooting in a snowstorm and I SWEAR a kid in a truck went out of his way to spray snow/ice on me. Some people!

    • Robin says:

      They have to ask permission, Tracy, although in an emergency situation I doubt they’d bother to ask. Usually we hear the balloons coming (that burst of flame when they fire it up), so people in the neighborhood are already standing around outside looking up. The balloonist will yell down at someone who has a good yard for landing and ask if s/he can land. Not many people say no.

  13. Dana says:

    How cool! I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen a real, live hot air balloon. We used to see them all the time in Alberta (lots of grassy fields and good places to land), but here in Victoria, I guess the risk of ending up stranded in the ocean is too great for the balloonists. 😦 At least I got to live vicariously through you once again, Robin!

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