Telluride Balloon Festival 2013

by Marla on June 14, 2013 · 20 comments

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Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Balloons, colors, majestic box canyon….oh my! What a stunning array of beauty visits Telluride, CO the first weekend of June each year. This was the festivals 29th year here!

The Telluride Balloon Festival is SURE to impress kids, adults, pets…..everyone. I could not believe my eyes at the splendor. Of course my camera was at the ready to share the fun with you.

Are ya ready for lots ‘n lots of photos? Here goes….enjoy!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

One of the best things about really living full time in Telluride, CO is that I get to go to all the festivals.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Used to be I would be only able to attend a few….as soon as I was about to leave town another great festival was on the calendar.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Such was the case with this magical Hot Air Balloon Festival. Usually, I would wait all year for my favorite festival, Mountain Film (Memorial Day weekend) & have to leave right before the balloons took flight over town.

It was always torture to leave my favorite place on Earth.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Not this year!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

I am always up bright and early so it was no problem to head down to Town Park by 6:30am.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

All the balloons are positioned around the park….ready to be blown up.

The balloon inflation is awesome!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

 The fire and sounds as they inflate are spectacular.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

They all come to life before your very eyes. Everyone stands in awe!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.comTelluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Once the balloons are filled with air they are taken to the baseball field.

They catch wind and take flight over our beautiful town.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

This goofy balloon was one of my favorites.

That grin is hilarious! It was quite the character floating above town…

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

It’s amazing watching them pass right above our historic mining town. Notice the moon in these photos?

Another amazing sight!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

People sipping coffee on their balconies and porches get quite the colorful, wake-up surprise!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Some of the balloons drift very close to the buildings.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

They are all different shapes and sizes. Each one awe inspiring!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

As a photographer I felt so honored to have the privilege to photograph them.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

After the balloons leave town they float towards the Valley Floor.

Some balloons get detoured….

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

See that paraglider in the top left corner?

That person must have had quite the view! A different perspective…..that’s for certain!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

The balloons are deflated in the Valley Floor.

But great news…..They come back to visit us in the evening!

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

At 8pm Telluriders line the streets to watch the tethered balloon inflation.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

As the sun sets the balloons start to glow….

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Together as a community we all oogle, chit chat and feel grateful to live in such a special place.

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Have you ever been to a balloon festival?

Telluride, CO Hot Air Balloon Festival 2013 | AMAZING Family Travel | FamilyFreshCooking.com

Hope to see you some year at the Telluride Balloon Festival!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mollie June 14, 2013 at 8:33 am

Simply beautiful

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2 Heather Christo June 14, 2013 at 8:35 am

Very Cool Marla, I wish my girls could see this in person!

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3 Marla June 15, 2013 at 7:51 am

It’s total magic for adults and kiddos!

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4 Amanda June 14, 2013 at 8:50 am

Gorgeous, fun photos Marla!! Looks like an amazing event!

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5 Marla June 15, 2013 at 7:51 am

Thanks Amanda! You would LOVE this!

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6 Rosa June 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

Gorgeous skies and stunning pictures!

Cheers,

Rosa

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7 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 14, 2013 at 9:16 am

Gorgeous, I’m always blown away by how blue the sky is in CO!

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8 Marla June 15, 2013 at 7:52 am

Sooooooo blue….on most days!

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9 Averie @ Averie Cooks June 14, 2013 at 10:06 am

Gorgeous, Marla! When we lived in our first house in San Diego after moving here, it was overlooking a canyon and we saw tons of balloons, all the time. This post reminds me of that & I love it!

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10 Marla June 15, 2013 at 7:53 am

That is amazing Averie! Bet is was a fun surprise when outside sipping the morning coffee!

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11 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com June 14, 2013 at 11:03 am

I want to move to Telluride so so badly :D

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12 Marla June 14, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Kiran….it was my dream to move here since ’03. Best thing was to make it a reality!!

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13 Denise Browning@From Brazil To You June 14, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Wow!!! This festival is gorgeous. Looking at your vivid pictures was almost like being there. I’ll finally put my feet in Colorado next month. Vacation awaits for me. I still hope to see the hot air balloon festival in Steam Boat Springs.

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14 Marla June 15, 2013 at 7:53 am

Congrats on planning a trip to CO Denise!! You guys will love it here :)

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15 Marian (Sweetopia) June 14, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Gorgeous! You live in such a “magical” city!

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16 Lisa Wilson June 14, 2013 at 8:54 pm

So…I’ve been way, way behind on all of the blogs that I follow. I started following your blog quite awhile back, and now that I have revisited I’m feeling sloooooow that I’ve just made the connection that you are the Marla at church! I love your photography and how you make food look so beautiful. :) I saw you out there taking pics of the balloons. It really is one of my favorite weekends of the year in Telluride.

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17 Marla June 15, 2013 at 5:08 am

Hi Lisa….so glad you stopped by again for a visit!! Let’s chat next time I see ya at the chapel. I should be there tomorrow :)

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18 Peggy June 15, 2013 at 2:20 am

This looks amazing. Thank you so much for posting so many awesome and colorful photos!

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19 Marla June 15, 2013 at 7:54 am

Thanks Peggy….always tricky to edit so many shots. Think this tells the story though!

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20 Nutmeg Nanny June 26, 2013 at 7:45 pm

You really captured some beautiful photos! I bet this was so fun :)

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