The Reno Balloon Races - Inflatables Anyone?

Real Estate Agent with GreatWest Realty DRE# 00827565

Yesterday, when I posted a few words and pictures about my daughter’s wedding this past weekend, I teased a bit, by mentioning “inflatables” in the title line.  I hoped you would come back today to see the second part of my two day adventure in the state of Nevada - The Reno Hot Air Balloon Races.

After the wedding on Saturday, I was exhausted.  When my daughter, granddaughter and I, returned from Verdi to our room at the Renaissance in Reno, a few miles away, I hoped to find a pillow, and bury my face in it.  So, after a few appetizers and a nice fruity drink in the hotel’s lounge, we were off to bed. I slept soundly until an alarm sounded at 4:30 am.  It was time to rise and begin the second great adventure of the weekend.

The Reno Hot Air Balloon Races are a must-see experience for those who haven’t experienced them before. Especially, the segment of the event called, “Dawn Patrol and Lift Off.”  We took Uber from the hotel to the edge of Rancho San Rafael Park, where we exited the car, and began walking a dirt path at the outer boundaries of the park, in near darkness. As we walked, we became part of a larger human stream of thousands trekking in close unison, headed in the same direction, in quest of the balloons. 

Out of the darkness of the pre-dawn morning light, refrains from the movie, “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” were closely accompanied by the glow and twinkle choreographed across the darkened sky.  I was awe struck.  I tried to capture it to camera pixels, but wasn’t very successful.  However, I have posted a link to a good YouTube video by Jordan Herbert below.

Later as the morning sun began to rise, I snapped the following pictures.


Video of Reno Hot Air Balloon Races 2017 Dawn Patrol "Lift Off" - by Jordan Herbert


This entry hasn't been re-blogged:

Re-Blogged By Re-Blogged At
ActiveRain Community
California Sacramento County
Things to Do/Places to Visit
Bartender, Make it a Double
Old Farts Club
reno hot air balloon races

Spam prevention
Show All Comments
Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Although I dislike heights with a passion; I think this event would be great to watch Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 11, 2017 08:57 PM #7
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI NMLS#1483386
Realty One Group - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

What an exciting photo under that crystal clear blue sky. Thanks for sharing with us, Myrl Jeffcoat !

Sep 12, 2017 07:29 AM #8
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Myrl and congratulations on these wonderful photos and your daughters wedding.

Sep 12, 2017 07:39 AM #9
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This is totally cool, Myrl. And kudos to you for getting out of bed. See, this is why I never go hot air ballooning. Because I'd have to get up too early.

Sep 12, 2017 09:04 AM #10
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Northern VA

Never heard of the Reno Hot Air Balloon Races until now.  That's not an object I would ever think of racing, but I'm sure it's cool to watch.

Sep 12, 2017 12:21 PM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl it must have been amazing to be there for that.

By the way I am happy these were the inflatables you were referring to instead of soon others .... LOL

Sep 12, 2017 02:28 PM #12
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

Here is another shot.

Sep 12, 2017 03:37 PM #13
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

WOW!  What a fun activity to top off the wedding, Myrl - although it's a wee bit early after having a festive drink at the hotel for me! LOL

GORGEOUS shots and I love the clever/different ones too - Tweety, Smoky the Bear...what fun!

Sep 12, 2017 08:46 PM #14
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thank you very much for sharing your experience and your photographs.

Sep 13, 2017 05:06 AM #15
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Love how creative some of those balloon shapes and designs are, Myrl Jeffcoat ... must have been a spectacular site!  I'd say you found the perfect way to celebrate your daughter's first full day of marriage ...



Sep 13, 2017 08:47 AM #16
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog.

Have an outstanding week!

Sep 14, 2017 06:08 AM #17
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Being a balloon pilot, I have been to the Reno event once many moons ago. Still, I find the fact that the actually call it a RACE a bit odd. Maybe crawl would be a better descriptor!! cheers cvc

Sep 14, 2017 07:24 AM #18
Paul S. Henderson, CRS, REALTOR®,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

What a nice place to celebrate your wedding vows Myrl Jeffcoat 

Sep 14, 2017 10:09 AM #19
Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Absolutely stunning photos and shows the creativity of some people.

Sep 14, 2017 03:12 PM #20
Rebecca Gaujot
Perry Wellington Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Love all the amazing and creative balloons... would love to see them in person.

Sep 14, 2017 05:11 PM #21
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Loved the pictures and this has been on my Bucket list for well let's just say over 40 years...the Balloon Ride that is, Endre

Sep 14, 2017 11:28 PM #22
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding and Marketing


I just remember to come back, and so glad you are sharing your wonderful experience with us.  Your pictures are magnificent!

Sep 16, 2017 05:01 PM #23
Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Realty ONE Group - Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale

Hello Myrl,

I would love to attend this event and get some photos & videos!

Love your colorful photos ... 

Sep 17, 2017 01:06 PM #24
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Myrl Jeffcoat, your post was so much fun to read.  Thank you for sharing the photographs, video, and experience.  I was trying to decide which colorful hot air balloon was my favorite, but too hard a decision.  This planned outing in conjunction with a wedding, how nice - what fun! 

Sep 19, 2017 01:15 AM #25
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Gateway to the Lake" 503-755-2905

Myrl, oh what an absolute DELIGHT! Worth getting up at dark-thirty in the morning. These photos are just so crystal clear and stunning. Wish you'd put them in the Travellers in the Rain group, so that I could feature this one! 

Sep 20, 2017 08:33 AM #26
Show All Comments

What's the reason you're reporting this blog entry?

Are you sure you want to report this blog entry as spam?


Myrl Jeffcoat

Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent
Ask me a question
Spam prevention