Pat McLarkey, even when a 17-year old, knew that you shouldn't put up a balloon in a heavy wind. ( This is told in Balloon to Oz, by Leo Moser and Carol Nelson. copyright 2012. )
That was well before Pat sailed of to Oz, eventually to become the (humbug) Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Of course there are other stories:
Here is a recent scene in Central Park:
Eventually this star-crossed balloon ended up impaled on a nearby fountain!
Now when our Pat sailed off (no fault of his own) he was almost impaled when landing, by the spire atop the Jade Palace in the Emerald City.
But Pat's balloon had traveled not a few feet, but for several days and to Erdavon, an alternate world of which Oz was but a part.