Posted: August 24th, 2017
Filling hot air balloon around 7:00AM on Sunday, August 20th, 2017
First hot air balloons taking off on Sunday
Balloons crossing over lake
Hot air balloon dipping basket into lake
Festival view from hot air balloon
Hot air balloon hovering over festival
View of festival from hot air balloon with another balloon dipping into lake
Two hot air balloons hovering over festival near camping area with trees nearby
Two hot air balloons hovering over festival near camping area with the near one shooting fire up
Hot air balloons hovering over festival camping area
Four hot air balloons hovering near lake at festival
Hot air balloons hovering over camping area
Shadow of a hot air balloon over festival camping area
Hot air balloons over festival camping area
Looking down on camping area from hot air balloon
Hot air balloons over camping area near perimeter, if you look closely you can see people on the road nearest the balloons holding up a sign that says: "say yes" from a marriage proposal.
Cow pasture in Big Summit Prairie seen from hot air balloon
Hot air balloons on edge of festival area
Looking up into fire from helium into hot air balloon
Hot air balloon pilot hovering over ground outside of festival camping area around 8:00AM
During August 17th-23rd, 2017, Oregon Eclipse Festival occurred at Big Summit Prairie. The festival, which was held to observe the Total Solar Eclipse, sold out, attracting over 30,000 people from around the world. Each morning, weather permitting, festival goers had the opportunity to partake in a hot air balloon ride over the festival around sunrise.
I took advantage of the hot air balloon ride experience after dancing all night. It was my first time in a hot air balloon and was well worth it, lasting over 30 minutes. Going up into the air gave a sense of the massiveness of the festival. I learned about how hot air balloons maneuver and welcomed the day from the sky.