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Above It All: Hot Air Ballooning

Those with No Particular Place to Go, Ballooning is the Only Way to Travel
Terrence Fagan
From the Print Edition:
Michael Richards, Sep/Oct 97

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Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds.

Getting Off The Ground

For more information, contact the following sources.

There are more than 150 ballooning festivals in the United States each year, with more worldwide. World Balloon has an excellent events listing at The biggest is the Kodak Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, held Oct.4-12. Contact the KAIBF at: 8309 Washington Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113; (1-888) 422-7277. They also have an excellent Website at

There are more than 100 sites on the World Wide Web dedicated to ballooning; go to

The Balloon Federation of America is the source for ballooning information and registrations. Contact: P.O. Box 400, Indianola, IA 50125; (515) 961-8809.

One of the best books on the sport is Ballooning: The Complete Guide to Riding the Winds by Dick Wirth and Jerry Young (Random House, New York, revised
edition 1991, 168pp., $22.50). The bimonthly Ballooning is the BFA's journal; the $45 annual subscription includes a monthly newsletter, Skylines. Contact: P.O. Box 766, Warren, PA 16365. There is also Balloon Life, $30 for 12 issues; 2336 47th Ave. SW, Seattle, WA 98116. --TF

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