We were already having a really nice family night out at Colonial Park and were headed for Alfonso’s Pizza, when we caught site of this…

291It was making an obvious landing and who can resist chasing a hot air balloon – not us πŸ™‚

We watched the pilot gently float the basket onto a spot in a parking lot with expert precision. We kept a safe distance from the balloon, but it was obvious that the crew had others plans and invited us to come closer, look up inside the balloon and watch as the pilot used the propane flame to fill the balloon a little more.

From the moment we met him, it was obvious that Jon Radowski of Apex Balloons is a man passionate about his craft and willing to share it with others. He was very animated about how balloons work and generous with time and expertise. Just when we thought we should get out of his way, he asked the kids to help him fold and pack up the balloon. All the while he gave the kids information about the materials they were seeing and processes they were participating in. We also had a chance to speak with Vinny Panico of Incognito Air who shared lots of information with the boys and us about the sport/hobby of ballooning.

I can’t even tell you how much I love this kind of unexpected, happy coincidence that puts us in the right place at the right time!

I honestly don’t think this is our last experience with these guys. I know a bunch of homeschoolers who would love a lesson in balloon physics πŸ™‚


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