Hot Air Ballooning is a very inefficient, unpredictable way to travel. The pilot can gain and lose altitude, and that’s about it. So it was a credit to the man driving ours this morning that we could drift along the valley, at times so close we could touch the tree tops.

Dawn came after very clear skies, soft, pale gradations of light, a slight haze on the horizon. And an amazing number of balloons. I now wish to know the collective noun for hot air balloons.