Life’s Little Ups and Downs
This caught my eye while I was lounging in the Defiant’s Holodeck.
There are many military aircraft buzzing around here, since there are a couple of airbases some miles away. I saw (and heard) a dark blue Navy fighter streak right overhead, perhaps 2,000 feet up, just a few days ago, throttles up. But yesterday, a hot air balloon took advantage of the no-wind rarity here and appeared to launch somewhere within camp. I thought it odd that it kept going up and then down, and did so more deliberately than I imagined such things doing. Well, I’ll let the pictures and captions tell the story…
It especially got my attention because it ascended and descended a couple of times, staying down for at least 20 minutes each time.
Contact. And then the balloon slowly collapsed.
But up it went, and I assumed they’d stay high as they went over more of the campground in the 2-3 MPH wind.
Descending again, on a collision course with the Defiant!
The burner was actually only on now and then, in short bursts. I just liked shooting it more with the flame up.
Almost beside the Defiant. On this very warm day, the balloon seemed eager to descend once the burner was off for awhile.
Off the aft end of the trailer, they were close enough that I couldn’t back off enough on my telescopic lens to get the whole thing in the frame.
This area is ridges and deep valleys, and they slowly drifted a few feet over them.
I kept figuring they’d stay at this height, but no.
At one point a couple of campers shouted to them to see if they needed help of some kind, but they said nope, they were just fine.
Nutzoid! They spent much of the time slowly skating just above the rocky ground like this. But if that’s how you get your kicks…
They lifted one last time to ensure that they would clear an RV.
…And finally contacted the ground, with a couple of other people running up to grab the basket at sunset.