Updated: Sep 11, 2019
Every Labor Day weekend, Colorado Springs hosts the Labor Day Liftoff hot air balloon festival at Memorial Park near downtown. This year, about 80 hot air balloons took part in the event, with takeoffs starting just as the sun came up. I rode my bike to the park and walked around taking pictures. Bonus, I got to change my first bike tire in years on my way home!
I also entered the photo contest for the festival with one of the pictures in this post. If you get to this before Monday, September 16, you can vote for my picture here! It's titled "Joy and Balloons" in case you have to search; should just come up when you click.