The wind stayed on our side--yay! Festivities started with the Morning Glow--about 10 balloons on the ground that were inflated and then illuminated. Pretty cool!
Then the balloons that were inflated went in to the air for Dawn Patrol--the main purpose of Dawn Patrol is to get vital information about wind direction and weather for the balloons that would be going up later.
While we were sitting there a balloon rig showed up and parked right in front of us. We didn't realize that we had picked the prime spot when we sat there, but it was cool watching them inflate it. You can imagine how surprised we were when it turned out to be the first balloon to go up, it was carrying the American flag as the National Anthem was sung.
Other balloons started inflating, getting ready for the Mass Ascension
Before long, balloons were heading into the air!
Waking up at 3AM was definitely worth it. More to come!