I don’t get out of bed early for just any occasion but I happily made an exception for hot air balloons. They make me feel like I’m in a story book or a fairy tale with their rainbow colors and promise of carrying me away. acs_0045-1acs_0048acs_0049img_8503acs_0046acs_0047

Kingsport Fun Fest hosts “Breakfast with the Balloons” every summer where you can walk around in the wee hours of the morning as the balloons are preparing to take flight. I’ve seen quite a few up close but I’ve yet to ride in a hot air balloon due to the high cost. If anyone knows of any deals or special pricing send them my way!

Pro Tip: I arrived that morning clinging to a coffee cup and the peanut butter granola bar I luckily remembered to stash in my purse. To save money I would advise you to pack breakfast items for yourself and your family. I didn’t see that many opportunities to purchase food.

The launches were an incredible sight. Teams of people were needed to get these giant balloons off the ground and every time one began to soar we all started clapping like giddy school children.

Amidst our wonderment I was reminded of my favorite Roald Dahl quote, “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” Wishing you magic today and every day.

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