Raining on My Parade

September 30, 2013

Saturday morning at the Prosser Balloon Rally

Saturday morning at the Prosser Balloon Rally

Rained out!  Our weekend plans were wrecked by rain.  I had been so looking forward to this weekend getaway with my husband, our first time attending the annual Prosser, Washington Balloon Rally.  Over 20 balloons were scheduled to take off at dawn on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from a field in Prosser, the heart of Washington’s wine country.  We left after work on Friday, driving in the dark and arriving in Prosser at midnight.  It rained off and on all night, and although the actual rain drops had stopped falling by 6 a.m., the event organizers decided to cancel Saturday’s morning launch because of the deteriorating forecast.  And since the weather was supposed to only get worst, George and I decided not to hang around for the evening’s balloon lighting or Sunday morning’s lift-off, which were both in jeopardy.

Disappointment!  I can only imagine how many colorful photos I could have taken had the balloons actually been filled and launched into the sky.  We will have to try again another year.

And so, all I have to share with you today are photos of clouds and rain on our long drive back to Seattle.  We opted to drive back along the Columbia River Gorge since we were in no rush to get back.

View from Horse Heaven Hills overlooking the Prosser area

View from Horse Heaven Hills overlooking the Prosser area

Autumn landscape at Horse Heaven Hills lookout

Autumn landscape at Horse Heaven Hills lookout

Eastern Washington with cloud bank

Eastern Washington with cloud bank

Driving the highway from Prosser to the Columbia River

Driving the highway from Prosser to the Columbia River

Old and new:  wind generators and power lines along the Columbia River

Old and new: wind generators and power lines along the Columbia River

Driving I-5 north to Seattle.  These rain clouds were heading east toward Prosser.

Driving I-5 north to Seattle. These rain clouds were heading east toward Prosser.