We finally made it to the annual Hot Air Balloon Festival in Statesville NC in October. We've tried to go to this with our friends, Fred/Lennie/Joanne, for years, but either the weather didn't cooperate or something came up that prevented us from going. Not this year, by gum! It was a beautiful Fall day in NC, and we got there just in time to see scores of balloons lifting into the sky for the mass afternoon ascent. It was so cool! We got to watch several balloons inflate, including one called the Purple People-eater. What a hoot!