Up, Up in a Hot Air Balloon

I discuss hot balloons in my other post. (see Blog Roll: PhotoBackStory)

The gallery that follows fairly summarizes the event. I have taken pictures of hot air balloons from several events. This is one trip. We were at a country fair with friends whom we have known for many years. The eight of us made our own individual decisions and some serious injury waivers were necessary. Five of the brave went up. It’s not that I’m not brave…but someone needed to drive the chase car. Briefly, up is easy and landing is a bit tricky. Steering is not reliable. The landing zone is influenced by wind, speed, and altitude. You will see that there was a very picturesque barn in a field of tall grass, rats, and horseshit. Hence, there is care to keep the balloon off the ground. There is the a last shot of the evening glow with the balloon tethered in the sunset, to encourage the next group of would be adventurers to sign up for tomorrow.

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4 thoughts on “Up, Up in a Hot Air Balloon

  1. As a freelance writer for a small paper in Stockton, CA I had the opportunity to fly. I went this the female editor, our men friends were too chicken to come along, they just waved goodbye and took a few shots. And, the pilot overshot the landing zone due to wind. He had to radio to get permission to land in a farmer’s field – or dump us in the canal. The landing was very rough as we tumbled around. After we were picked up and driven back to the lift-off site, we were toasted with champagne. Not a good thing, must have been the altitude, but neither one of us felt sober enough to drive – had lunch and that helped. Great experience, would do it again, but I know hubby would not.

    • I laughed out loud at your story. Flying in a balloon? It would seem the guys knew something. Glad you returned with only a bit of motion sickness. Helicopter or balloon, my choice is helicopter. I like the idea that helicopters are better regulated and you get to pick your landing. I’m not a fan of gliders either. It must be fun but, oh boy, when you have to land. A helicopter in a tight turn pulls enough g force to make me instantly nauseous. Then I’m not too good the rest of the day. Charlie is pretty kind to me. But there were a couple of experiences where I was ready to kiss the ground when we landed.

  2. What a fun photographic account of your hot air balloon experience. My husband and I took our first balloon flight just over a year ago in France’s Loire Valley. When we went to the ticket agent, she mentioned that flying was pretty safe but that there had been an incident a few years before. Seeing the fear on our faces, she tried to retract the statement.

    The flight turned out to be magical! Though we were initially frightened to lift off the earth in a basket, we were rewarded with spectacular views of the Loire. In fact, there was an entire cluster of colorful balloons surrounding us. Our balloon’s handler descended from a long line of balloonists and he delighted in making the basket kiss the treetops. Such wonderful memories!

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