Back from balloon festival AM launch. Helped on panda balloon ground crew! Excellent fun. Am gonna need nap later.
Lumpy and friends know Mark S who owns a balloon, and went to help out. Lumpy was going to see if my Pi and I could get in to launch area too.
So up ridiculously early, then waited to try to get word if weather would permit launches. Saw some blue sky and decided to go.
Got there, many balloons up, many still launching.
By Mark S's trailer.
The panda was up when we got there, our job to help put him (her?) away after he came down.
We need to hold open a vent in the balloon for the air to come out. The air is warm and smells from propane. Yuep. Makes sense, but I wasn't expecting it.
This is like folding up a tent on steroids.
After air is out, fabric is rolled up, carried snakelike by over a dozen people, and deposited in carrying bag. Like some wierd kind of simcha dance.
It all fits into here.
Panda stats: 611 lbs, 100ft tall, 112,000 cu ft.
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