19 March 2016: The lawns of Old Parliament House were dotted with balloons early on this morning due to unfavourable winds. Most people would consider this a bad thing, but on the contrary, this allowed me and many other family’s the opportunity to get up close and personal with the balloons, the pilots and the support crew. For me this was a first time experience as I am accustomed to seeing the balloons from a waters perspective. The close contact left me wanting more, even after 2 hours of cruising my way amongst the sounds and colours. I had the opportunity to liaison with the people who are truly passionate about ballooning and that make this event a wonderful occasion for us all.