With apologies to the Solbergs and QuickChek, Central Jersey's worst kept secret has got to be that you don't have to go to the Balloon Festival to enjoy the Balloon Festival.
Whether you camp out at the Shop Rite parking lot in Branchburg, or make your way behind the Dunkin' Donuts in Readington, some of the best seats in the house, aren't in the house!
As long as you have a driver who isn't tempted to take his or her eyes off the road, you can have a lot of fun "chasing" - trying to figure out where the balloons will come down.
Sure, you can go out to the airport and watch the spectacle of the massed ascent, but isn't that a little predictable?
There's much more chaos and excitement in the landing!
Raritan Valley Community College provided a fantastic spot to touch down, and a convenient spot to get an up close look at the balloons.
Setting the balloons down safely requires a lot of teamwork, and a lot of muscle.
I've been to the actual Festival of Ballooning a handful of times over the years - but I must say, this is just as fun.
Besides, I've always kind of been a WaWa guy!