In reality these dragons were several of the area's flotilla of hot air balloons that drift through the early morning or evening skies ... often right over our house and the river. This morning there were three and brought on the usual chorus of barking dogs. Our two didn't bark, just got excited and watched with us as the people up in the sky waved to us.
I've often wanted to give it a try, and told a friend that one day I'd do it. But when she set a date to go up and invited me along, I chickened out. I'd just barely gotten over my fear of flying in a plane ... I wasn't quite ready to give this a try. After all, there are no wings or stearing mechanisms except for air currents and the wind. What happens if ..... well let's not go there now. I think you get the idea.
At any rate, I may be getting ready to do it! Several nights ago we watched, The World's Fastest Indian, a film based on the adventures of New Zealander, Burt Munro, who at age 67 brought his ancient motorcycle (the Indian, with no parachute or safety gear) to the Utah Salt Flats, breaking many world speed records over the ensuing years.
It is a wonderfully, inspiring film and I figure if he could do that, what's the problem with my going up in a hot air balloon?!? I mean, after all, I'm too old to be afraid any more. I need to get on with this life before it's too late!
Don't think I'll do it today, though!! But I'll keep you posted!!
Photos by William H. Rough, copyright 2006