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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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Balloon Release 56 FOUND ! ! ! 462 Mile Trip ! ! !

On January 14 Lexi and I released a bouquet of balloons, number 56, but we let Trixi wear them for a few minutes. Though she was unimpressed and barely noticed the balloons, we credited her with the release.

It was a chilly night, and the balloons rose fast and sailed northeast. Read the complete post on Trixi's Release if you wish, and you will see she is a lucky dog.


The balloons Trixi let go on January 14 were found on January 15, only one day later. They had traveled from Atascocita, Texas all the way to Gosport, Alabama! I received an e-mail notification that reads...

"My dad found #56 attached to a yellow balloon on Thursday, January 15. Location is in Gosport, Alabama about 2 miles south of US Highway 84 in Clarke County and near the Alabama River.
He is supposed to be mailing the card back to you
."

Check out the map of the release flight path below.


That trip is a distance of 462 miles! A new Balloon Release in-house record! Can you beat that one? I hope you do.

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Day Old Balloons Are As Bad As Day Old Bread


It was a challenging day here at Balloon Release World Headquarters. I thought maybe letting balloons sit overnight would cause them to rise slower, more dramatically. Trust me, it did! Just make sure you release away from trees, as they definitely rise more slowly. Also, there's a fine line between a slower rising balloon and a no rise balloon...

Lexi and the required cute pose with balloon number 59.



She had time to turn back wistfully and wish number 59 luck as it slowly rose from Corydon Street in Huffman, Texas and drifted north.


Number 60 was releases from Veller Street in Houston, Texas. Again, a slow goodbye as she rises into the late morning air. That ominous tree in the background has a cousin just out of the shot that the balloon gingerly skirted into...


Becoming lodged in the upper branches. Oops. It was impossible to reach or set free, though winds may have tossed her loose by now, but I don.t know for sure. Watch me get a postcard when the neighbors find her. Distance traveled. Zero miles!


Lexi set about for a quick after dark release of number 61 in the Walgreen's Drugstore parking lot.


I didn't realize it for a moment, until I saw Lexi laughing and pointing as the poor bouquet dragged across the ground lamely. No more pep in this one's step.


Adding a third dark green balloon, the balloons limply gained altitude in an amazing slow motion rise. They headed east toward my house and I fear they may land on my doorstep. At the speed they were traveling that five mile journey should take about two weeks.


Last release of the day, number 62, was done in the parking lot at home in Atascocita, Texas.


And there they go, drifting away to the east. Let's hope these balloons released at different times of day and varying condition are found in widely spread out locations.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Silver And Gold Balloon Release Number 58


Balloon Release number 58 was set free in Atascocita, Texas tonight at about 8 PM. This one was themed Silver and Gold, as the large bouquet was colored... guess?

Silver and Gold release ready to fly.


Those gold balloons almost hide in the photo, but the standard "Secret Message Inside" card is very bright!


Goodbye Silver and Gold! Good luck. They floated slow and low for a while, headed due east, then as they faded away in the distance, suddenly lifted upward and gained altitude.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Dog Trixi Lets Number 56 Go, I Do 57!


Trixi my dog had the honor of releasing balloon number 56 tonight, released in Atascocita, Texas at about 7 P.M. OK, to be honest...



She had a little help from her older sister Alexia! That was quite a large bouquet, I was worried Trixi might float away. That would be alright I guess as there is a note attached and she does have a tracking implant! So Big Brother of me.


I tried to hold balloon number 57 down to Earth for a while but it slipped past my defenses and swirled upward and followed the bouquet to the northeast. Good luck balloons, hope the card comes home soon.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Balloon Numbers 54 And 55 Are Released Today!

Early this morning balloon release number 54 was done on Greens Road in Humble, TX, at about 9 A.M.

Here the bouquet is readied for release.



Floating into the crisp and cool blue morning, sailing southward.


Nice view of the balloons with the sun peeking over the edge of the building.

Release number 55 was an evening release by Lexi in Atascocita, Texas, happening at about 7 P.M.

Always with the poses, Lexi... just let the balloons go!


Gotta love that blue shirt, pink pants, and black boots. I think she dressed for the balloon release.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

Five Balloons Released In Nashville, Tennessee By Linda And Friends


Linda from Psyche Connections, another blog worth reading, had a little get-together in the Nashville, Tennessee area and released five balloons with notes attached. Linda was kind enough to share the photos of the party with us here at Balloon Release, so we will log the release.

Front row- Naomi. Back row Cindy, Yvonne, Jessica and Helen.
This was inside before the big release. Releasing balloons can be a unique, original party idea that people have fun doing and remember. At first thought it seems silly, but in the end it can't help but be fun.

Naomi, Helen, Cindy, Jessica and David
You can see in the dramatic pix that inside it's all a little tentative, but once the release is imminent, everyone is all smiles. Thanks for sharing the images Linda, and good luck, hope they all 5 get found. Let us know if they do with ALL the details.
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Balloon Floats From Brigg, England, Across The North Sea, To Wielkopolskie, Poland.


To celebrate the opening of the Thomas Bell Country Store in Brigg, England, customers were given balloons to release with notes attached. Balloons reported found were eligible to win prizes. (Balloon Release readers, don't get any ideas!) Several of the balloons were found in nearby towns but one landed 750 miles away, a perilous trip across the North Sea and a large portion of Europe, finally coming to rest in the town of Wielkopolskie, Poland.

4 year old Reece Easey was the boy who launched the balloon and the store rewarded him with a gift certificate worth £50! Magdalena Skrzypczak of Poland reported the find and won a jacket in the contest. Good reason to keep your eyes on the lookout for balloons.

Reece's mum (so British, hmmm?) Jennifer said, “I can’t believe the balloon landed in Poland, when I let it go I never thought it would get so far, it’s brilliant, and to have the chance to spend £50 at the store is even better." Hey Jennifer, the boy released the balloon, so take your eye off that fancy set of garden tools!

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Victoria Makes Balloon Release Number 53, Suddenly Becomes Reclusive.


Victoria wanted to release a balloon so she had the honor of setting number 53 free from Atascocita, Texas. Lexi drives Victoria to swim practice each day, which explains her colorful and unique attire.

Of course, seeing that pictures would be taken, Victoria got all "celeb" on me and we have to make do with these odd and original poses.


"Oh, should I watch the balloon fly away? Is that part of the fun?"


Goodbye Balloon Release number 53, and good luck. They sailed away to the northeast, a good direction, away from the water.

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Toy Balloon Travels 932 Miles To Sweden!



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Kids at the Old Clee Children's Center in Grimsby, England released 100 balloons at the opening ceremony on November 17, 2007. Months passed and the memories faded and then came the amazing news that one of the balloons had floated all the way to Vilhemina, Sweden, a distance of 932 miles! The balloon was found on October 26, 2008, almost a full year after the release. "We were extremely surprised when we found out one of our balloons had been found", Jacqui Illingworth said. After a year I should say so. There's a challenge for Balloon Release. Our first find was 142 miles away. That's just a tad shy of 932 miles. Read the news story here.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Price Releases Balloons Number 51 And 52 In Kingwood, Texas


This afternoon at about 5 P.M. Price was the lucky boy who got to release numbers 51 and 52. We released them from a neighborhood in Kingwood,Texas into beautiful, blue Texas skies.

Price is all smiles, but a little torn between the adventure of releasing the balloons and maybe keeping them. He's holding his binoculars so as to track them.


The pictures are a little out of sequence. Here Lexi, Price's dad Greg, and Price watch the first bundle of balloons sail away.


Two bundles rapidly floating away to the east. It was one of those crisp, cool, and clear days, perfect visibility until the trees block the view.


If you click the image for the larger view you should be able to make out our last sight of the balloons. Let's hope the cards soon come back to us in the mail.

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