While driving up US 385 towards Crazy Horse in the Black Hills of South Dakota we ran into an interesting sight.

 

 

South Dakota Balloon - A Water Tower or ?

South Dakota Balloon – A Water Tower or ?

At first we saw what we thought may be a colorful water tower. We drove a bit further hoping to find a spot to get a good picture.

 

South Dakota Balloon - This Means Stop

South Dakota Balloon – This Means Stop

Once we realized that this was a hot air balloon descending for a landing we stopped to get some pictures of it. I soon understood that it was shooting for the road itself as a landing spot. Seeing a car approaching I held up my hand to stop or slow them. They thought I was waving so they waved back.

 

South Dakota Balloon - Landing in the Road

South Dakota Balloon – Landing in the Road

Fortunately they figured out what was going on and were able to stop in time for an up close view.

 

South Dakota Balloon - All are Safe on the Ground

South Dakota Balloon – All are Safe on the Ground

After all of the commotion all was well and they had a safe landing while sitting on the side of the road. Their chase team was there (out of the picture frame) to gather everyone and pack up the balloon.

 

South Dakota Balloon - Tatanka Hotshot Base

South Dakota Balloon – Tatanka Hotshot Base

They landed at this junction in the road.

Pretty interesting experience that doesn’t happen too often.

 

 

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Balloon Landing - South Dakota

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