A successful launch: 33rd Annual Riverton Rendezvous Balloon Rally enjoyed perfect weather Saturday

(Riverton, Wyo.) — It was a perfect Saturday morning with a high pressure system over the region producing clear skies and an unlimited ceiling. For the 25 aeronauts who gathered their balloons from around the region, it was a good morning to fly, and fly they did. From the launch field at Central Wyoming College, the balloons rose into the sky just after 6:30 a.m. and began floating westward. The changing breeze, however, reversed course a short time later, allowing many of the balloons, after a half-hour in the air or more, to float back over the launch field and land there. For the chase crews, it doesn’t get any better than that, and for those spectators who hung around, they not only got to see the balloons take off, but also land.

A hundred or so folks, mostly families with kids, stuck around to get a tethered balloon ride from the Riverton Balloon Club’s Cloud Kisser, including a very special ride for Lillian Kuhn of Riverton, who celebrated her 90th birthday with a tethered ride. See an account of that special ride here.

Photos by Ernie Over