Lo and behold, this was the weekend. A "launch" was scheduled for 6:30 at the North Overlook beach. We met some friends for lunch at a sports bar in Pella and returned to the campground for R and R, not sure what to expect of a launch or whether the weather would cooperate. It wasn't still raining but threatened to at any time. The weatherman had promised 'some clouds and some sun' for the day but so far we hadn't seen 'some sun.'
We arrived, set up lawn chairs and bought kettle corn because it seemed the thing to do at a launch. Six-thirty came and went, as did seven o'clock. We began to despair of seeing anything when the first balloons appeared over the tops of the trees to the east.