I decided one day a few years ago that I wanted to ride in a hot air balloon. So I created a Bucket List and wrote it down. On my 60th birthday, my sweet daughter gave me tickets for a ride for 2 – she said it wouldn’t be fun alone (she is right!). It actually took me 2 years to get the ride scheduled and yesterday was it! What a Perfect Day! Let me share it with you.
Getting the Basket Ready – It is a lot bigger than I was expecting. There will be 16 on the ride, plus the pilot.
Getting the Balloon Ready – they actually drive the trailer away to unload the envelope. When it is fully inflated, it will be about 9 stories tall.
Starting the Fan
And more air…
And even more…
Add some fire – it was HOT and LOUD!
Almost completely inflated – this was the best shot of the whole thing I could get since it was time to get in the basket!
Away! It was kinda scary getting loaded because the wind came up at the wrong time and the balloon wanted to lay the basket down. We we all leaning away, putting all weight into it and the crew were hanging on the outside. Got the blood pumpin’
Our wonderful pilot
Our shadow on the ground. The weather was absolutely perfect!
Me and Jacqui – thank you for the best gift ever!!
Those cows were sooooo little. And it would look like they weren’t even moving. They were really loud, though!
View from the inside looking up. Joe Cool?
Hey, that looks like a good spot to land!
See those trees? That’s what we landed on! Good thing, though, because we were going in pretty fast. I say the trees broke our fall. Afterwards, we were picking pieces of tree from each other’s hair.
Here comes the crew. They later said that they never lost sight of the balloon.
And the rest of the crew.
It didn’t take nearly as long to deflate….
We landed in a pasture. The cows had to come check us out. The rancher did, too, but he was cool. Said they could land the balloon there anytime they wanted. We did have to step carefully, though, to avoid the patties.
We all helped stuff the envelope into the bag. It weighs 680 pounds!
A perfect sunset to a perfect day.
Champagne is a traditional ending to a balloon ride – OK by me!