The wind was coming out of the Northeast when we released the balloons. Within 30 seconds, 80 of them were tangled up in a pine tree, and that is as far as they went. The rest of them got away.
My original thought was to fill 99 red balloons (just like the song) with helium, attach a little message to each one with my e-mail , and if someone would happen to find a balloon, shoot me a message to let me know and see how far they went.
The balloon release was part of a bigger event on our property.
In 2002 when we planted our first 40 apple trees, as I was standing there looking down the rows of the little 3 ft
twigs baby apple trees , (they are called whips),in my mind’s eye, I could see full-sized trees, loaded with red and yellow apples. Children running up and down the rows playing hide and seek.
I could hear live music and laughter coming from a stage planted in the middle of the orchard.
Keep in mind, this was all in my head at this point.
The trees would not start producing apples for another 5 to 7 years. But from that idea was born a series of music festivals we hosted starting the Fall of 2002 until just a couple of years ago. I am currently taking a break from the whole thing, cause I’m still slightly burnt out from the 7 concert series we hosted in 2009….
I think I’m starting to run down a bunny trail right now….
Anyway, we had our first musical event the Fall of 2002. It was everything and more I could have hoped for. I wasn’t even sure who would want to come, or what sort of musical talent I could scare up. Turned out, there is a lot of musical talent all around me, just waiting for a chance to take the stage.
So back to the balloon release….
Next morning less than 12 hours later after the balloon release, I got an e-mail. Someone had found balloon # 51. 445 miles to the east. It had crossed Lake Michigan and wound up in a fence near Parma Michigan. One month later, I got a second e-mail.Balloon #42 was found in Alfords Park Kenosha Wisconsin. 242 miles from home. That one had decided not to cross Lake Michigan 🙂
Now that was interesting because the wind was blowing from the East when it left…How in the world did it wind up traveling East? Apparently the wind in the upper atmosphere was blowing in the opposite direction.
Blogging is like that for me.
I release my thoughts in the form of a blog post and sometimes, in the most random fashion, someone will stumble across one of them…And once in a while, wonder of wonders,someone will leave a comment.
Some sort of connection takes place.
If you’re a blogger then you probably know exactly the feeling I’m trying to describe. That connection you experience with random people, from all over the world. And sometimes, those people become a friend.
There are good people scattered all over this globe.
Last time I counted, out of all these hundreds of random connections I’ve made via blogging, My wife and I have met 7 of you in person, in the flesh, a couple of you multiple times.
If you don’t mind me asking, where in the world are you as you are reading this? Be as general or detailed as you like.
Just so you know, this blog is originating from the United States of Merica. 😉