Images: Great Reno Balloon Race | Reno, Nevada


JoAnna is a globe-trotting, idea-inventing, culture-collecting creativity connoisseur with a global family of foreign exchange students and rescue pets. You can also find JoAnna at

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12 Responses

  1. Abby says:

    Amazing!! Hot air ballooning is so special to my hometown, but the one time I went, I was so scared. I love your pics!

  2. Fantastic pictures! Was it scary? Are you going to the big balloon festival in New Mexico next month too?

    • JoAnna says:

      It wasn’t very scary at all, Jenna. I hope to write about it more in depth later, but I had to share my pictures right away! I can see how someone with vertigo might panic a bit, but I thought it was fun!

      And, nope, no plans to hit up the Albuquerque festival at this time, though I’d like to some day.

  3. Jill says:

    Fabulous pics! Love the colors!

  4. Deb says:

    Gorgeous! I haven’t ridden a hot air balloon yet but it’s high on my list. Your photos are fantastic, well done!

  5. Sophie says:

    Very cool photos, JoAnna. A ride in a hot air balloon is high on my list. It’s possible to do that at the Masai Mara, I once read. Wouldn’t it be excellent to view lions and elephants from above while floating silently by…

    • JoAnna says:

      It was so much fun to ride in a hot air balloon, Sophie! And, yes, I did know you could do this in East Africa. In fact, it’s on my Life List to ride in a hot air balloon over the Serengeti, for exactly the reasons you mentioned.

  6. Emily S. says:

    They do this in St. Louis every year, and it’s one of my favorite events!

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