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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