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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
August 4, 2010
Passengers: Steve, Annie, Sierra, Gabriel Willems

Today we have a family of 4, Mom & Dad and the 2 sub-teens. The weather has dropped into a regular August pattern so I call for the west side launch site. We get the balloon pulled out in the “dark” and when pumped up I call for the passengers to get on board. We lift off the lot and drift slowly to the north with a bit of a push to the east, as planed. It is across Wallace Road then over our landing spot from last Monday. It is on toward the river and the ball fields, empty today but they were full last weekend with the fast pitch boys. It is over the tree line and then we drop down on the river for a few minutes. It is over the trees again and into Salem’s northern industrial area off River Road. Some place here will be the LZ (landing zone) for this morning. I spot a field that will work and the “gang” moves in for the catch. We bring a lot of “lookie-loos” in this area as we get the balloon deflated and ready for the pack up. We get the gear loaded and head back to Wallace Park for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

PASSENGER COMMENTS:
Annie: “Despite my fears of heights, fire & water you made it a very safe and comfortable trip. Thank you for the fun!”
Steve: “At first I was terrified of being one foot off the ground. When we got up there I was really fine.”
Gabe: “It was awesome!”

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

TRACK
Average Speed: 2.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 1.9 Miles
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