Spirit of Boise balloon launch canceled for second day

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Spirit of Boise balloon launch canceled for second day

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by Bonnie Shelton

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Posted on August 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Updated Thursday, Aug 29 at 3:48 PM

BOISE -- Balloons stayed grounded at Ann Morrison Park Thursday morning because of strong winds that would have made landing dangerous.

Spirit of Boise organizers made the call shortly after 7 a.m. They said this is the first time in the event's history that launches have been canceled two days in a row.

Pilot Jim Desch and his crew are visiting Boise from Salem, Oregon. He told us although they're disappointed they haven't been able to take to the sky, he's still optimistic they'll get off the ground Friday. He can't remember ever attending an event where weather has prevented launches two days in a row.

"Very uncommon. In Boise, I understand it's never happened," said Desch.

Despite canceling the launch, pilots were able to inflate their balloons and offer some tethered rides. That means the balloon is still tied to the ground, but it can lift off several feet in the air.

"The hardest thing to describe is a balloon flight," said Desch. "It's a misnomer to call it flying. You don't really fly, you float."

The Spirit of Boise Balloon Classic continues through Sunday.

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