Hunter Valley Balloon Fiesta

Hunter Valley Ballon Fiesta 2016

Hunter Valley Ballon Fiesta 2016

It was the annual Hunter Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival this weekend. Nicole and I decided to drive up for the festivities this weekend, electing to head up on Saturday despite the certain rain forecast. After all, Hunter Valley is NSW’s premier wine country, and what better excuse to indulge in an afternoon of wine tasting?

We hit up 5 wineries, and walked away with 1.5 cases. Mmm. Thankfully, the rain stopped by mid afternoon, and we set up our tent with no incident.

By the time we roused ourselves at 420am Sunday morning, the voluminous clouds from the day before had completely cleared out, leaving in its wake a blanket of quiet glittering stars. It was chilly out. 4 degrees C. But we were on a mission, to take pictures of lift off!

There were dozens of other likeminded photographers (although I don’t think anyone else camped), so we quickly formed a convoy to drive towards the launch point. But in a classic case of blind-leading-the-blind, the leading cars one by one got felled by spotty GPS and everyone ended up driving in circles for a while. Thankfully, Nicole persevered in her quest for the elusive cell tower signal, and we made it to the paddock in time to see the balloons fire up.

Hunter Valley Ballon Fiesta 2016

Hunter Valley Ballon Fiesta 2016

Hunter Valley Ballon Fiesta 2016

 

Weekend up near Hunter Valley

star gazing

This weekend, we escaped from the city with a group of friends to a pad up near Hunter Valley. The location was quite remote, but the dark and clear night skies afforded us with gorgeous views of the milky way. We spent hours both nights just lying by the pool, oohing and aahing at the stars shooting across the sky.

Good times.

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