Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Balloon Release Bouquets 81, 82, 83 and 84.


Trixi released balloons number 81. This might be a good sign as almost all of the found balloons were released by dogs and dolls!


As you can see, releasing balloons turns my dog's eyes into glowing green embers like a hound from Hell! This release was done on the night of February 12, 2009 from Atascocita, TX.


Release number 82 was let go the next morning, February 13, 2009. It was a bright and beautiful blue sky kind of day as the bouquet floated away to the north.


Apparently there was some confusion at Balloon Release World Headquarters. Some of the numbers got mixed up. This is release number 83 which floated away on the morning of February 14, 2009.



And there it goes. Carefully not that this is release number 83.



Now look closely at that evening's Valentine's Day Balloon Release. Number 83! No fear, the appropriate party was found and executed. We will log this as release number 84 in the sidebar. If it is found I hope they mention the pink and red balloons, but both were released the same day from Atascocita, TX. This isn't brain surgery anyway!
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Balloon Release 80 Let Go By Bart Simpson Found In Beckville, Texas! 160 Miles!

Once again people released balloons taook the back seat. So far balloons released by Trixi my dog, Napoleon Dynamite, and Lexi who is a teenager therefore not really a person have been found. Now Bart Simpson's has been found!


The balloon was releaed on February 8 from the parking lot of our apartments here in Atascocita, Texas. These releases lifted slow, barely clearing the building, headed north. Dropping out of the sky they were found in north Texas by Gene Williams. Here is the e-mail his wife sent me...

My husband found the balloons! It was in our back 40! lol! Back of the acreage.. no houses around lol!

His name is Gene and I'm Dee Williams

He found it about 10:00 am on 2/11/09...from Alan Mizell

Don't know the secret message tho!

We live in Beckville, Texas.. about 15 miles SOUTH of Marshall TX down 43 towards Tatum/HendersonBeckville on FM 959 between Hwy 43 & FM 1794 is where it was found!

Hope you hear from others you sent

Hugs
Dee Williams



Here is a map showing the location found and air distance traveled. At 160 miles it is far from our record distance but a lot of fun. Thanks so much for letting us know Dee, and hugs right back at you!


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Monday, February 9, 2009

Bart Simpson Releases Balloon Bouquets 79 And 80!


Bart Simpson stopped in Sunday morning, February 8, 2009 and released two more balloons. Here he is letting bouquet number 79 go in the parking lot in Atascocita, Texas at about 10 AM.



These balloon bouquets are bigger than Bart and almost pull him away when the wind blows.



The bunch of balloons strangely went directly for the buildings without rising. The currents of air pulled them over the building and then lower again. It's been that kind of weekend with strong winds and currents in the air.



Release 80 went up a little quicker but not fast and amazingly slithered through the grabby branches of a HUGE oak tree.

I watched them sail into the distance, headed north on that strange current, maybe all the way to Canada. In the distance they were still low and going up AND down. Strange bu I have a feeling they will go far.


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Friday, February 6, 2009

Powerful North Blowing Winds Grab Balloon Release Numbers 75, 76, 77, And 78.


Here's a unique view of the four bouquets just before release, from the ground looking straight up at them. I was watching the weather news earlier today and they showed a POWERFUL wind streaming up out of the Gulf of Mexico and pushing northward all the way from Texas deep into Canada! Very exciting as all four of our finds have occurred east of Texas, and sometimes I wonder if they fall victim to the sea. If these do indeed head north they could be found in north Texas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, even Canada!

It was a beautiful night for a release this February 6, 2009 at about 9 PM, cool but not cold, with half a moon illuminating the scanty clouds. Each bouquet rose slowly, cleared the roof line, then rose in 45 degree or steeper angles into the northeast sky. I am hoping that up a bit higher they catch a powerful and fast current and get carried far, far away!
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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Our Most Beautiful Balloon Release, Number 74!


Balloon Release Number 74 was set free on the morning of February 5, 2009 at about 8:20 AM. The sky was blue and filled with a nice collection of fluffy white clouds!


Here the large bouquet rises slowly over the apartments, headed over the golf course on a direct north track.


There is always something magic about watching balloons float into the sky and vanish, wondering if and where they will be found.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Bart Simpson Frees Balloon Release Number 73



That's right, Bart Simpson himself stopped by the Balloon Release World Headquarters to release number 73. Here he gazes upward, wondering if the mass of balloons might lift him up into the atmosphere.


Relax Bart, you can handle it. This could be a lucky release as the last ones found were let go by my dog Trixi and Napoleon Dynamite. Seems lucky to be 12 inches tall!

The balloons, released February 4, 2009 at about 9 PM, drifted away to the east. Let's keep out fingers crossed.
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FOUND! Balloon Release Number 2 From Our First Day!

All the way back in December on the 17th Lexi let Balloon Release Number 2 float away into a cold and drizzly sky. They drifted up and away to the west so I thought with any luck they would be found in the dry landscape of west Texas. How wrong I was.

Here Lexi prepares to let the balloons go. Trust me it was quite chilly, but hey, when you have a new skirt to wear you have to wear it, right?


The balloon might have floated to the west as it left but at some altitude it changed course and found itself 211 miles away, hanging on a branch above a Louisiana river. The card arrived in the mail today and in a funny twist was found by a man who has released balloons himself. Now that must have been really cool for him!


"Hello, 1-3-09

You will never guess where we found your letter! Believe this or not we found your letter hanging on a limb in a river called Little River in a small place called Trout, Louisiana between Jena, LA + Pollack, LA on Hwy. 8. (Central Louisiana)

My husband was running his line in the river and I think he was very excited to find it. We have a little boy who is 10 years old and they had a balloon to make it all the way to central Arkansas one time!

Bubba, Christi & Colton The Beesons"

So how cool is that Balloon Release fans? Two days in a row we have had reported finds. Out of 72 releases already 4 have been found in four different states!


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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Balloon Release Found! ! ! New Record Of 791 Miles! ! !

Another release has been reported found! Balloon Release 72 was set free just last night. As last time it only took one day to be found. This time the balloon was released in Atascocita, Texas and found in a suburb of Tampa, Florida! John Hayes sent this excellent and well appreciated note via e-mail...

Hello Napoleon;
I was playing golf today and was assisting a friend to find a stray golf ball that had gone into the woods. I spotted a bunch of balloons with one still intact (I'm looking at the Orange colored balloon as I type).
The card inside indicated that this was Release #72 with your various details attached.
The balloon made it all the way to the following address:
Alongside the 15th Fairway of the Renaissance Golf Club, Sun City Center, Florida 33573.
I wish you bon voyage on your upcoming trip. Enjoy the opportunities that are presented along the way.
Regards John Hayes


John writes to Napoleon because Napoleon Dynamite released the balloon last night, and tonight flew off to start his around the world adventure with his first stop in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Below is a map of the journey the balloon took.

A total distance of 791.25 miles, as the crow flies, assuming he flies in a straight line. I found a really cool Google Maps tool that shows the air miles rather than driving miles, so hopefully the distances are more accurate.

Pretty amazing that the balloon flew across the Gulf of Mexico and made it to shore, just so, and landed on a golf course just before Mr. Hayes' tee time. So cool.

That incredible maps tool also leads me to correct the first release where I thought the balloon traveled 540 miles. If it drove a car yes, but it flew, probably in a direct manner, and the corrected distance is only 462.915 miles as shown on the map below.



That's OK though. I like accuracy, and the almost 800 mile record for Balloon Release makes up for the correction. Can you beat that record. Not without releasing some balloons yourself you can't, so go to it.

(Isn't it strange that out of my 70+ releases and almost a dozen from friends that one found balloon was released by a dog and the other a doll? Guess I'll try to release some using a dummy, or a drag queen, maybe a dill pickle...


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Monday, February 2, 2009

Napoleon Dynamite Frees Balloon Release Number 72 ! ! !


Tonight me and Alan released balloons number 72, and I got the honor of letting them go. Kind of a symbolic gesture as tomorrow I leave on my BIG TRIP!!! Check out my travel plans at Napoleon Dynamite Travels The World. Here I am holding the Texas themed postcard I sent with my Balloon Release.


Let me tell you, those five balloons were freakin' bigger than me, and I had to really hold onto them or I might take a flight before tomorrow.


Another dramatic shot with the balloons tugging at me trying to whisk me into the air.


Alan took some shots of me as I was set to let them go. It was cold out so we didn't linger.


Goodbye balloons. Hope your trip is longer than mine, but I know it probably will not be. I leave tomorrow and hope you can follow the fun at Napoleon Dynamite Travels The World. Follow me, sign up for e-mail postcards, or best of write me and let me come stay in your town for a few days! Hope to see you all over there.



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Balloon Release 71 ! ! !


Saturday, January 31, 2009 Ballon Release number 71 was put together and released from the balcony at about 9 PM.


The balloons were old and SLOWLY drifted up, though the second they cleared the roof line in altitude a gust of wind snatched them quickly eastward. Scarily they soared over the next building and immediately went DOWN...

Tress loom on the near horizon so I walked the area and have to presume the balloons soared upward again and got free of potential obstructions. They were nowhere to be found.


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Friday, January 30, 2009

Balloon Release Numbers 69 And 70


Ballon Release number 69 was let go early in the morning on January 29, 2009. Lexi let it go from the Atascocita area at about 8:30 AM.


The day old ballons sailed slowly upward and caught a gust...


eventually finding a course toward the city of Houston, toward the southwest.


Later that evening at 8:30 PM Balloon Release number 70 was set free from the balcon, drifting up into the cold air in the exact aame direction. Maybe they will labnd in the same location! Right.

I am planning a large bouquet or release for number 100 which is rapidly approaching. I am hoping that maybe I can plan it in advance and on the same day have others participate and release ballons in multiiple locations around the world. It is National Ballon Release Month in February, you know?


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Monday, January 26, 2009

One To Beat. A 6,000 Mile Balloon Journey!


Here's one to beat. This balloon traveled from England all the way to China and was found. We had better cross both of our fingers, maybe our toes too, here at Balloon Release World Headquarters.

If you're going to be beat it might as well be by an adorable four year old girl. Little Alice Maines of Manchester, England released her balloon in May as part of a school project for the summer fair. Four long months passed with no word. Several balloons were found in nearby towns, but Alice's seemed to have been lost.



5, 912 miles away 13 year old Xie Yu Fei, who goes by the English name of Nathan, was playing with friends and found Alice's balloon in the street. He graciously took the time to send a note with his name and e-mail address. The finder of the balloon was to receive a pass to the local zoo in England. Since it's a bit inconvenient for Nathan to travel to England to visit the zoo, the entire class is sending a box of letters and photos.



Nathan sent the above card and photo to let Alice know her balloon had been found. An incredible story of a huge release and find.

Yes, I already have e-mailed Nathan to invite him to join us here at Balloon Release.


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Rafael Releases Balloon Bouquet Number 68!


Rafael had the honor of releasing number 69 this morning, January 24, 2009 at about 10:30 A.M. in Humble, TX. Here he testes the air to see if it is all right...


and releases the bouquet to the air currents. The balloons rose very slowly and barley cleard the fence around the swimming pool, but made it up and over, rising more quickly at that point.


Last seen headed on a southern track, let's hope these babies are found soon.


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Balloon Number 56 Found, Postcard Returned!


Hooray. Balloon Release number 56 drifted 540 miles and was found by Ken Bush of Grove Hill, AL. Thanks Mr. Bush for returning the card and having your son e-mail us in advance. If you wish to read the entire story of the release, which is credited to my dog Trixi, than visit the release post. A second post details the story and includes a map and more information.

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Friday, January 23, 2009

Balloon Release 65, 66, And 67!

Release 65 was let go by myself from Atascocita, TX on the night of January 22 at about 10 P.M., sailing away toward the east.



The next morning, January 23 at about 8:45 A. M., Frank released number 66 from the 5900 block of Greens Road in Humble, TX.


The day old balloons slowly rose and drifted northward.


A few minutes later the bouquet vanished from sight.


Release 67 was on the night of January 23, 2009 from the 8300 block of Highway 1960 East in Atascocita.

This big blue bouquet also rose slowly, barley clearing the building, drifting to the east.

Best of luck to all of our releases, hope they are all found soon.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

GIANT Obama Inauguration Balloon Release Number 64!


Tonight a GIANT 18 balloon bouquet floated away in Atascocita, Texas, traveling west at a slow clip. The balloons were left over from an inauguration watching party, 18 red, white, and blue balloons with attached streamers lifted the Balloon Release pre-paid postcard into the night air. Call it the Air Force One of Balloon Release events.


It was quite chilly out, not Washington D.C. chilly, but cool anyway, so we let the huge balloon bunch slither up off of the balcony. After it was let go, the balloons sailed back over the building and from the front door at the opposite side of the apartment I watched it sail westward. Hopefully this large bundle will fly high and fast. Maybe Barack will find it on the lawn of the White House?

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Lexi Releases Number 63. It's A Dud!


Early on the morning of January 20, 2009 Lexi released Balloon Release number 63. Again the balloons, as last time, were day old ones with limited lift. The bouquet slowly drifted up, east, than west, and promptly snagged on a power line. Since Lexi refused to scale the pole and ease out to the balloons to free them I decided to just go to work. A lost cause. But at the very last minute a gust of wind freed the balloons. Don.t get to excited. By the time the cheering stopped they had sailed across the highway and snagged more permanently in a tree across the street.


Here the balloons hang, tangled in the twigs. I have a fear that the balloons will rot and the card drop, and some person will mail it to me from across the street. Worse, they may walk it over, smirking as they hand it to me.

I intend to keep a running update in the sidebar with the length of time the balloons remain hanging in the tree. Should be interesting to watch and see how this unfolds.

UPDATE: The balloon that became snagged on Veller Street became free and apparently floated away later that same night.

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