It was a beautiful night in our town, so the balloons we’re out. It was especially fun for me. I got to fly with my friend Marsha Treacy in her beautiful Wizard of Oz balloon, along with our friend Jenn Stecker.
Marsha was chosen to take the balloon all around the country in honor of the 80th anniversary of the movie. Can you believe that classic first hit theaters in 1939?
I spent all of my growing up years waiting for that special night once a year when the movie would air. It was like a holiday. I guarantee my parents used it as a threat whenever we were misbehaving and it was one of the few things that would ensure I behaved! (Rogers and Hanerstein’s Cinderella was the other one that kept me in line.)
One of the big attractions when I was growing up was The Land of Oz in Beech Mountain. At the end of your tour (which began in Dorothy’s house, took you through a tornado and landed you in Oz) was a hot air balloon ride out of the park. I always wonder if I should say that was my first hot air balloon ride.
While it closed down many years ago, they started opening it up one weekens a year to the public several years back. Parts are missing due to development that took some of the park (like the hot sir balloon ride), but it’s still a fun time.
With Covid they are just open for private tours and special events, but I hope they begin the occasional opening when everything settled down. In the meantime, here is their website.
But back to the balloons. We shared the skies with five other balloons tonight, all close friends of mine. It was beautiful and fun to take a few pictures from the sky.
All in all a tremendous way to end the weekend.