Our Hot air balloon festival and the Lost River experience!
When I was a kid, I've always wanted to travel. In fact my dream job is to travel the world for free and get paid to do it. I want to travel and share my experience and what I've learned about the places, history, culture, and tradition. Well, as I was growing up, that dream seemed to be getting impossible for me as my dream of becoming a runway model hahaha 😂😂😂. But you know what I realized? I can still travel, I just have to save up to pay for it. It would be nice to do it for free but oh well. I love my life and I'm happy now with my family. I wouldn't have it any other way. Anyways, when I first saw a hot air balloon on TV, (I forgot which show or movie was it, I'm an 80's kid so it's been a long time) I've always wanted to see them in person and maybe go for a ride. That's why when I heard about the festival in Adirondack, I told my husband we should go. So as usual we planned to go, he booked the hotel, and off we drove for 4 hours. We got to Queensbury at like 11:30ish in the morning and we were early so we stopped to eat and let the kids play in the bouncy houses they had set up for the kids and some local souvenir stands, because the festival doesn't start until 5pm. We missed the first show because it's at 8am. We went to check in at our hotel and rest for a little bit. At 4:30 we left our hotel and went back to the festival. The parking lot was packed. We were lucky to get a closer parking for $10 for the rest of the night, not bad! As soon as we got to the location, we saw this huge hot air balloons and I was like a little kid, getting so excited and giddy to see them up in the air in different colors and sizes. Nathan and Sophia were clapping and screaming woohoo!!! I couldn't put a price on the joy on my kids' faces. My heart was full of joy seeing them very happy and excited. We did not get to ride as it wasn't really allowed but that's ok. I was just satisfied to see these beautiful hot air balloons up in the air.
This may not be as exciting to you as it was for me and my family but we are contented and grateful for what we have and what we are able to do. As we head back to the hotel, I just realized that I still have to be grateful for the experience and even though my dream to travel the world and get paid to do it is not the life I am living right now, I'm still blessed because I have a beautiful and supportive family.
We were so hungry so we stopped at the Outback restaurant for dinner, Mike loves the blooming onion and I'm surprised I liked it too! I think I'm actually craving it as I'm writing this post.
This was a weekend trip so the next day, we went to the Lost River and the gorge. We had so much fun walking the gorge and squeezing ourselves in the caves. It was so cool. Fun family adventure and the kids loved it too! That was a month's worth of walk for me hahaha 😂 it was all worth it. Seeing the beautiful nature and inhaling some fresh air is sometimes something we need. In this digital world, it could be easy to get disconnected with the people around you as everything is online, we communicate through chat, text, video call, etc. with our friends and relatives around the world. It's so nice to unplug once in a while, just document the moment for you to watch back but be in the moment with the people you're spending the time with. In this case, my family. This vacation was a much needed break for us. We've been really busy lately with the house, Nathan in school, Mike at work, Sophia and I keeping the house clean, etc. So I was so happy when Nathan said "mommy, daddy, we should do this often. I had a blast! It's the best day ever!"
Hopefully we can do some fun activities soon, maybe apple picking this time since Sophia haven't been. What fun activities do you do with your family and loved ones in the fall?! Share it with me in the comments below. Thank you for your time! See you on my next post!
Remember: You are never too old or too small to reach for the Stars!