For years, I've seen a single hot air balloon flying over the west side of Kalamazoo on spring and summer weekends. This is video of one of those occurrences, recorded at 7:32 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, 2014.

In this video, the balloon is flying northerly, east of Kalamazoo Christian High School and the intersection of Stadium Drive and Howard Street. Not seen in this video is something I had never seen before: the balloon's chase vehicle, a white, full-sized van with hot air balloon logos on it.

This video is shaky because it was taken on the spur of the moment with an iPhone 4 held in a single hand while I walked.

Also not seen in this video is the hot air balloon I saw about 12 hours later (7 a.m. Monday) floating northward on the west side of Kalamazoo, approximately along U.S. 131. It looked like a different balloon. I am not used to seeing hot air balloons on a weekday morning.

This video is primarily of local interest. I don't expect anyone outside of the Kalamazoo area to find it interesting. For those people, our neighboring city of Battle Creek has an annual hot air balloon festival: bcballoons.com/

For Kalamazoo people, that Kalamazoo Christian High School property may be Western Michigan University property in about 20 years. The Kalamazoo Christian School Association plans to consolidate all its schools on 12th St. in Oshtemo Township. When the KCSA is ready to build a new high school, they will build it on 12th St. next to the new middle and elementary schools. This means they will vacate the Stadium Dr. location and put it up for sale. Given that WMU is across the street and their Boards of Trustees has a long standing policy of acquiring any adjacent property as it becomes available (see mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/03/western_michigan_university_ca_7.html ), the Kalamazoo Christian High School property is likely to be part of WMU in about 20 years. Maybe they'll build a new indoor athletic arena on this property in 50 years.

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