One of the biggest and most colorful events in Colorado Springs is the Annual Balloon Classic. Every year, over the Labor Day weekend dozens of bright hot air balloons fill the morning sky.
When I first moved here the flight path was right over my house and the balloons sounded like fire-breathing dragons over head every time the pilot fired up the burner. We would stand out in the yard in our pajamas and wave to the passing crews.
In recent years, and possibly because of all of the contruction and development, the balloons' parade route has been altered and I had to drive to the highway for these pictures.
I have never been up in a hot-air balloon but it is a goal of mine, to float above the countryside in the brisk morning air. There is something very magical about the thought that brings out the child in me.