No snow here yet, but the trees know it’s fall.

No, not that one.

Last night Herself and I were walking The Boo around sunset when I noticed an object in the northwestern sky.

“If that’s a balloon,” I observed, “it’s not tethered. That sucker is on the move.”

And so it was. The gasbag sailed right over El Rancho Pendejo at dark-thirty, bound for the East Mountains and points east, as part of the 22nd America’s Challenge. I hope the pilot got over the Sandias without incident. There’s more than gold in them thar hills. Yogi and Boo-Boo would dearly love a pic-a-nic basket, especially if it’s delivered.

Meanwhile, as you can see from the photo up top, the trees are turning with all possible haste. And there’s a winter-storm watch in effect for the Front Strange.

Lucky for us we’re residents of the Duke City, where we’re looking at a sunny stretch of 60s and 70s.


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6 Responses to “Gasbag”

  1. Carl Duellman Says:

    the montgolfier brothers and the golden age of ballooning.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I always liked this one.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Wasn’t that the scene where the guy says he’s going off “to hobknob with my fellow wizards”? When the wife goes off to an academic conference that’s my description of what she’s doing.
        Took ONE balloon ride years ago, ending up kind of stuck on the side of a steep hill at the end. Sort of fun, but the drifting around at the mercy of the winds and such caused too much of an out-of-control feeling for me. A ride in the Goodyear blimp was more like it, though of course a LOT more noisy.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    The aspens high up in Carr Canyon have started to turn yellow. First sign of color in these parts. They were planted in the early 1980s, 1982 I think, to reforest a burned area. Aspens aren’t native in the Huachuca mountains, but these are doing well up high, over 7000 feet. We are still in the high 80’s here, and it will last for another week or so.

  3. debby511 Says:

    The aspens have pretty much all dropped their leaves up here. The cottonwoods still have some nice color. Supposed to snow tomorrow. 1 to 6 inches here in Crestone, they say. Today was really nice, the warm before the storm.

  4. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Speaking of seasonal changes, and the dry downslope winds, It seems that Padraig over at Red Kite Prayer got caught up in the wildfires around Santa Rosa. What a mess.

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