Early last Saturday, man's first air-traveling device took to the skies of Drumheller.

Five hot-air balloons and their crews flew over the valley, filling our up-drafts with colour.

"We kind of sneak into town and just love flying out there," said pilot Richard Clark of the Calgary Balloon Club. "The atmosphere is good, the weather is usually good. We just settle back and take a few flights in."

Clark explained that there are two reasons they fly their hot-air balloons in Drumheller, the people and the valley.

"The scenery has got the valley. You can go all the way down to Rosedale and Wayne, down that area," Clark continued. "You've got the coulees. Boy, you get up and play there in the coulees and in a balloon you can see them by just hovering in the middle of the coulee. Absolutely incredible."

"The other side is the people we've had. Just excellent people there. Townspeople come out and start following us around and then they start asking questions and we get involved in a whole discussion."

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