I love hot air balloons! About 30 years ago I had the privilege of seeing the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Festival, which lasted eight days and took over the desert skies during the Southwestern Autumn! So, when I saw the Hudson Hot Air Balloon Festival advertised, I couldn’t wait to share it with the girls. And boy was I disappointed. I knew it would never live up to Albuquerque’s festival, but quite frankly it was not worth the drive (and certainly not worth an admission fee, which we somehow missed). However, this failed on many levels. Not a single balloon took flight. Some left the ground but remained tethered, and others were just filled with hot air and were just as promptly deflated and packed away. I don’t know if weather was a factor (it was an absolutely gorgeous morning, but who knows), but it was very disappointing. And in no way was it worth the 4am wake-up call. The girls are very good sports and we made the best of a very early morning!