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Friday, July 20, 2012

Hot Air Balloon Ride!

I was given a hot air balloon ride with my daughter as a birthday gift!  We camped by lake Berryessa where our tent nearly blew away with strong winds in the night.  We got up at 3:30am on Friday the 13th!  This balloon was inflated and ready with the sunrise.
One of the crew took this shot, the rest are my daughter's pictures, which I love, they capture just what it was like up there, except for the sounds.  It was so peaceful and quiet, you could hear the sounds of a day beginning--dogs barking and a few tractors tilling the fields--then the roar of the flame every so often heating the air to take us up further...
My granddaughter was such a good sport to be there and watch us fly away!
A bit of humor for people in parachutes--makes me wonder if one would find this funny if they were truly in that situation--a chuckle right before it's over?
Our shadow was always surrounded with a glow--the driver thought it had something to do with the moisture in the fields--I wondered if it had something to do with the hot air in the balloon.
After we landed, the rope is pulled to open the balloon to let out air.
We had a bumpy landing, and the basket tipped over--the driver said this was an unusual landing--I'm still feeling the effects of the landing--a bump to the ribs, but I'm doing good. 
The first time we saw the basket was on the way to the airport, the equipment truck passed us by and there, on the back of the truck, was this small basket--my daughter and I just looked at each other and laughed!  These next few video clips were taken by my husband and granddaughter--they were chasing the balloon chasers and managed to film us taking off  and then landing--ouch!  


michaela said...

that was so much fun--now we will have to start planning next years mother daughter adventure :) Word i have to type in to prove i'm not a robot...pastfun. makes me think mexico

Dolores said...

Sorry for the landing but it looks like you two enjoyed the ride. Your granddaughter looks so grown up in that shot.

Susan Beauchemin said...

That WAS fun Michaela!! I wonder what we'll do next?? It's fun to think about the possibilities!


Hi Dolores--we did enjoy it--we were both tipped over in the basket laughing! You're right, my granddaughter IS growing up so fast!
Good to hear from you, hope you are doing well.

martha miller said...

Susan, you are a VERY BRAVE woman. Hope that rib is ok. i would have been a good sport like P just happy to watch!!!!! xox

Susan Beauchemin said...

No not brave--it wasn't scary--truth be told, it was very peaceful!

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Modern hot air balloons, with an onboard heat source, were pioneered by Ed Yost, beginning in the 1950s. Because of this, her birthday would be the most wonderful she can ever get.