On Sunday, July 10, we headed out to Connor Prairie. This is a cool "living museum" because it has several different historical periods within the grounds. The first stop though was the balloon ride.
Now, it is a tethered balloon, but it does go 350ft high, and it's not so tethered that you feel anchored, if you know what I mean! I've always wanted to go in a hot air balloon (went in a tethered one before, but it went up maybe 100ft). I was WAY more nervous than I thought I'd be!
This is a view looking straight down into the balloon winch. The circular roof covers a promenade with displays, and the larger portion to the left is the snack bar, and leads to the outdoor areas. There's also a large indoor exploration exhibit.
Coming in for a landing. There are many wheels on the bottom of the circular gondola, and the dark brown area slopes towards towards the middle which is cone shaped. So the balloon always rolls right into position. There is a bit of a bump though when you get up in the air and the winch stops!
The rest of the afternoon we walked around the buildings. The Indian/Frontier Trading Post was the most interesting for the kids (and the first area we explored). Of great delight was the tomahawk throwing instruction.