The Hudson Valley Hot Air Balloon Festival is July 12th-14th in Rhinebeck.

My wedding Anniversary is July 12th and we've been trying to find something that we can do with the baby since leaving her really isn't an option.  Besides, she is always telling me that I'm full of hot air so it's a win win.

It's fun for the whole family with games, helicopter rides, activities, food and of course, balloons.

Whether you want to take a balloon ride or just stay on the ground like my wife prefers, there will be plenty to do and let's face it, watching the balloons in the air is pretty breathtaking.  Especially if the weather holds off and we have clear skies.

I have a friend that has turned his love of balloons into a pretty good hobby and second job.  He can fly them, assemble them and is always talking about "chasing" them.  I haven't seen him in years so it'll be nice to catch up with him there too.

I went to my first balloon festival when I was in Columbia, MO and they have the biggest one in the state there and I have been hooked ever since.

Bring a camera, an appetite for fun and the family......don't forget the sunscreen.