I was already running late as I drove north on Rosa Road Friday about 7:00 p.m., overdue for a walk with other members of my family at Owen Park. But I had to pull over. There was something large and bright and hugely multicolored on my left, growing larger as it tugged at my peripheral vision. Turned out to be a hot air balloon launch in the somewhat tight confines of Madison Bordner Park, the Crestwood neighborhood park. Someone was embarking on a sunset cruise over Lake Mendota. (Click to enlarge photos.)
The inflation phase was as colorfully expansive as the heedless joy of the kids playing in the foreground.
The launch seemed to put this older resident in a more meditative frame of mind. Was he thinking of other departures, other farewells?