Balloon Festival

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The 20th Annual Mid-Hudson Valley Balloon Festival took place this weekend.  Two balloons launched from the Poughkeepsie Galleria parking lot (and a bunch of other location throughout Dutchess County) on Friday.  It was a good excuse to go window shopping and enjoy the air conditioning at the mall.

 The kids scored Poughkeepsie Galleria tote bags, stampers, and a tire gauge for daddy.  Josie has an assortment of green and orange stamps on her hands and creeping up her wrists.
 

 

Saturday and Sunday mornings there were mass balloon launches from the Hudson River Boathouse at 6am.  This morning, we headed out in search of balloons with eight kids and a dog.  We wound up watching the launch from the Poughkeepsie train station.
 

 By looking at Josie, can you tell it is 6am?

One balloon was even close enough that the kids were able to wave and say "Hi!"

Afterward, we drove over to the Walkway Over The Hudson for a morning walk with Mattie.  She gets very excited when she sees other dogs, and there were plenty of friends for her to meet.
 

We were back home by 8am.  It was a good morning.

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