An uplifting experience: Balloonists soar over the Carrizo Plain

Balloons prepare for liftoff.
Balloons prepare for liftoff. Tribune

Balloon enthusiasts converged on the Carrizo Plain last weekend for the Annual Balloon Reunion and Earth-Shaking Camp-Out.

The noncommercial event began in 1974 and attracts as many as 19 participants who camp in tents, motor homes or on the ground.

Organizers designed the low-key rally as an alternative to what they say are highly commercialized events that pressure balloonists to carry banners and passengers for publicity.

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