Up and Away We Go

Beyond all the awesome food we sampled last weekend, we also had the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon! I had never been on one before, so I was pretty excited to hop on board.

We had to get up bright and early (6:00 am) to catch our sunrise ride. When we got to the field I was surprised to see that there wasn’t just one balloon, but a ton! They came from all over to attend the Blueberry festival.

We (meaning I, while Luke watched) got to work helping spread out our balloon so it could get blown up with air.

The propane tank is terrifyingly loud! I jumped out of my skin the first time they used it.

Pretty soon we were in the basket making our way up into the sky.

If you ever get the chance to ride in a balloon, definitely try to do at sunset. The light was amazing.

How many balloons do you see?

A huge house I felt compelled to take a shot of…

Riding in a hot air balloon isn’t scary at all. It really feels like you’re just floating along with no bumbs or sudden drops in altitude.

Landing is the hardest part because if you don’t have it mapped out, then you need to find an open space to land that isn’t near power lines.

There’s a “chase van” that follows your flight and helps direct you on where to land. They also help deflate and pack away the balloon.

After our safe landing, Luke decided to finally pitch in and help his Dad put the balloon away. ;)

We celebrated our first flight with a champagne toast with our Cheri, our pilot.

It was an awesome way to start the day! I highly reccomend you ride in a balloon sometime soon. It was so fun and the views are amazing.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend. I have EIGHT college girlfriends staying with me for the weekend. Luke is on a boys camping trip, so it worked out perfectly with have the ladies in town.

I’m sure there will be some funny posts/pictures from the shenanigans this weekend.

Indiana Blueberry Festival Culinary Tour

This weekend we went out to the Indiana country-side to visit Luke’s parents and attend the Blueberry Festival nearby. The festival was exactly what you’d think a classic county fair would be…carnival games, rides, tractor pulls, crafts and of course awesome street food.

I was really impressed with the variety of foods they had available beyond the typical carnie treats like elephant ears and corn dogs. We canvassed the food stands for the best places to spend our money…

I was definitely intrigued by the deep-fried candy bars, but decided that might make me really sick.

These polish sausages and grilled onions looked awesome.

For his meat, Luke ended up going for this monstrous turkey leg.

I went for the more lady-like half smoked chicken. It had a really nice lemony flavor and the meat was extra tender.

We sampled some bacon rinds, because I’d never had them before. They tasted fairly bland for something with the word bacon in it.

We washed it all down with some old fashioned cream soda. You can’t go wrong with a good cream soda.

For dessert, we decided to go with the festival theme and try an assortment of blueberry treats…blueberry pie, blueberry donuts and blueberry ice cream.

Despite stuffing ourselves at the festival, we still had room for Luke’s mom’s blueberry milkshake, which successfully put all the other blueberry desserts to shame.

If I had to judge this weekend based on yummy foods eaten and lbs gained, it would be getting a gold medal! It’s definitely back to salads and water this week.

What delicious foods did you guys eat this Labor Day weekend?