Balloon Mass Ascension
Best time to see the Mass Ascension .. 7:00 AM Saturday or Sunday morning, 7:15-7:30 PM on Friday or Saturday evenings.
What is it ???
Simple terms … the balloons take off or land near each other.
Not a big deal … right?
Balloons can be as tall as 100 feet.
The basket is made of wicker because it is light weight, flexible and durable.
The colorful envelope … outer covering of the balloon is made of nylon or polyester, similar fabric to parachutes. The material is tightly woven and coated to make sure the material is airtight. The fabric is used to keep the hot air in the balloon. The material around the hot air is call the envelope.
The balloon is inflated by an engine driven fan that inflates the envelope with cold air. After the envelope is partially inflated then the air inside the balloon is heated by the burner and the envelope rises above the basket. When there is sufficient hot air in the balloon it will lift off the ground.
Which direction does the balloon go …??? It totally depends on the wind. Pilots will attempt to find air streams at different altitudes that could be going in slightly different directions and they use this information to steer the balloon. So yes it is tricky!
The winds can be the pilots friend or foe. Sometimes it is too windy for the pilot and for safety reason the Balloonmeister will not allow them to fly.
The Balloonist’s Prayer
May the winds welcome you with softness.
May the sun bless you with its warm hands.
May you fly so high and so well that God joins you in laughter
And sets you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.