Hard to believe but it's already been two years since the last Hot-Air Balloons competition took place in my hometown. So on the last weekend in September for the tenth time about three dozen balloons took part in the German Cup for Hot-Air Balloons. This time I didn't get up early in the morning to follow the start of the balloons up-close but stayed at home during the competitions. The event takes place Friday to Sunday with up to two races scheduled on each day, usually one in the early morning and one in the evening around 5 PM.
When I say race I don't mean it in the sense of who's the first balloon to reach a destination but which balloon is able to get closest to a particular chosen point. Though I think how long it takes to reach the place may also play a role.
When we first looked for the balloons Friday morning we were in for a disappointment. Despite the fact that it was clear blue skies the morning went by without a balloon to be seen. After a while it dawned on us that maybe it was too windy for the balloons to fly. Later reports confirmed that this was indeed the case. The Friday evening start got cancelled too. But more luck on Saturday, as a small armada of balloons started to appear early in the morning (by clicking on the pictures you can see larger versions).
The balloons had to use their flamethrower quite a bit in order to stay up.
The perspective is misleading but due to the valley it sometimes looked as if it was a very close call.
There were also a couple of oddly shaped balloons, like an upside down pyramid ...
... and a flying beer barrel.
We were lucky, the next morning they once again flew right in our direction.
This was the first balloon I saw when I looked out the window in the morning in the kitchen while pouring my first cup of coffee. Yes, a gigantic, flying Jägermeister bottle. If I weren't already an abstainer I seriously would've considered this to be a sign.
I'm sure this would've looked very interesting from the top of the tower.
This one barely made it over the hill in the other direction.
At one point I thought that maybe I should've tried to go outside and up on one of the surrounding hills to have a better view. But since you never know when and from what direction they will come that's not always easy to decide. Maybe next time.
To be continued.