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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
July 17, 2010 (v)
Passengers: Britney Duvall, Marabeth Meeker

Talk about being an “advance planner” we have the “Grandmother” of them all. Marabeth had booked this date in mid-January…WOW! She must have some influence with Mother Nature as today is a great day to play and we have our new friend Jason, and his “Six Chuter” joins us at our Brooks launch site. Jason is a Power Parachute Pilot and that “very colorful” cart thingy is his Aircraft. Jan gets the passengers checked in and we have some “lookie-loos” today both 2 & 4 legged. Britney’s folks are along for the chase as well as the family pets. We get to work on the balloon and Jason is at the edge of our little field prepping his “toy”. I call for the passengers to get on boardand we are offthe field as the gang get packed for the chase. I float right over Jason as we leave the field and he is in the process of leaving too. We are now both airborne and he moves into position to get some aerial shots as I get ready to do the same for him. I have no movement so he does all the “flying” and get some great shots of “starship” above the blueberry field that is just full of early morning pickers. I told Jason about a private airstrip about a mile to the west so he moves off to take a look as we proceed to the south. I have a bit of a push to the east and this will put us over Antique Powerland for a close look at the preparations for the Annual Steam up that will be held here the next two weekends. One of our LZ’s (landing zones) the parking lot will be full next weekend. We head over May Trucking big “parking” lot then over Brooklake Road toward the grass seed and Iris gardens. I have some time to kill so I get a shot in the air of the “girls” as we start to get into the urban area of Keizer. Our “lookie-loos” are right on the spot as we travel over head as the shoot our picture. I pass by to the east two really nice LZ’s, both schools and start looking for a spot downwind. I have the gang move toward the water towers as I have two good LZ’s in a row, a church and the Little League fields. I miss the church by about 200 yards but I’m dead on for the ball fields. The “gang” is on the grass and I have them move back to the middle field for the catch. I drop a line so they can keep me off the back stops and fences, then we are down in the infield grass. The gang gets us hooked up and ready for the bag then loaded and on our way back to the picnic. The sign on the fence says it all.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

PASSENGER COMMENTS:
Marabeth: “Thanks so much for a wonderful balloon experience. I loved it!”
Britney: “I liked the golden star on the side of the balloon. It was beautiful!”

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Jan, Tim, Cecil

TRACK
Average Speed: 5.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.3 Miles

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