I left Hot Springs this morning (bad decision to overnight there) and wandered back east through Brevard, Old Fort and arrived in Statesville in time for the mass ascension in the afternoon. The festival was chaotic in terms of organization. Cars were approaching from at least three different access roads and all merging into one lane and parking in one field. It took at least an hour and a half to park – just a little less than it took to get through the I-26 traffic jam on Thursday on the way to Asheville. Anyway, I digress. This picture was taken after sunset – the balloon glow.