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Highlights from the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival

Lightning cracked the sky and water pounded against our windshield as we made our way to the the Stoweflake Hot Air Balloon Festival in Stowe, VT. We were only planning on being there for the day, and had little hope of seeing any balloons launched at all. 

After a quick stop at Smugglers Notch State Park to visit family who were camping there, we headed to Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, paid our $10 entry fee, and crossed our fingers for good weather. It was dry for the moment. 

Then, not surprisingly, 20 minutes later, it started pouring again. We were standing in the field, quickly becoming soaked through.

We discovered that these problems were not news, as the balloons had been grounded the previous night, and the sunrise ride that morning had been cancelled too.

Then suddenly, like something out of a dream, the sun came out. I mean, it was still pouring rain, but then this happened. 

It was one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. 

After an hour the rain began to abate and the clouds began to disperse. They announced over the loudspeaker that soon the pilots would be conferring to decide whether the flights would be safe this evening. They told us to wait 20 minutes, and either we would see Balloons being inflated in the field, or we wouldn't. At which point we all would go home with sadness in our hearts.

20 minutes passed, 30 minutes passed...but then, I saw movement. 

They were bringing out the balloons. 

And it was magic. 

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