Held in December of each year, they launch from behind the High School.
No need to bring chairs, the five balloons were up and off in 30 minutes. You don't want to be late for this event.
You can get up close and personal with crews and lucky guests in the gondolas.
Up, up and away in their beautiful balloons
Our 45 minute drive to south western Minnesota, needed to be filled with more adventures.
We stopped at the Brownsville overlook to view the Tundra Swans. Yes they are still feeding in the Mississippi bottoms, even in December.
We also decided to check out one of their State Parks.
Beaver Creek Valley State Park, here rocky walls border a spring-fed creek. The park provides a walking tour which you can download or a transcript for a four mile hike in the park.
We just meandered along the stream, enjoying the sounds of trickling water. It was crystal clear allowing us to admire the abundant watercress.
A very refreshing walk.
A little known fact about Caledonia, Minnesota
Local legends the Kunst Brothers began their excursion in 1970 to walk around the world's continents on foot. No small feat since it took over four years. They documented the journey and lots of details can be found at www.davekunst.com