Each year in Canberra they hold the Canberra Hot Air Balloon Festival. I have always loved the romantic view of 20-30 hot air balloons floating above Canberra as I drove to work but when my son Orlando was 18m old this changed.
He was fascinated with the sight and would talk of nothing else...
We decided to get up VERY early one morning and go and see the balloons take off. This was all for Orlando's benefit, but little did I realise how much I would fall in love with the experience.
You have to wake up when it is still dark (about 5 am) and get all rugged up. Then you drive off the the launch site in the hope that the weather will be right for flying (if it is not then it is all in vain :)) Then you eat some breakfast and watch the cars drive up with their precious balloon load.
Here are a collection of photos from our trip this year :)