|Balloons can be seen along N. McCarran Boulevard near UNR campus.|
|A balloon floats over downtown Reno, near the Circus Circus.|
After the Glow Show is the Dawn Patrol (seven balloons qualified to fly in the dark because the change in atmospheric conditions can be drastic as the sun begins to rise makes it dangerous to fly) the balloons twinkle and glow to choreographed music like fireflies in the night). It is also a time of the morning where it gets really cold; I'm amazed to see how many adults and children wearing t-shirts, shorts, and flip-flops. I guess I haven't acclimated yet, LOL. So dress in layers to stay warm and then you can peel off as the sun rises and the day gets warmer.
Then there is the Mass Ascension Launch of nearly 100 balloons after the singing of the national anthem and T-6 formation fly over. This is the "race" part where the balloons play a game of Poker Run; they fly around and drop bean bags onto oversized cards. The closest bean bag to the center of the card wins it for their hand.
What a neat event to experience in person! These photos just don't do it justice but I hope you enjoy them.