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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
June 27, 2010 (W-v)
Passengers: Monique Rowley (Bride) Luke Glauder (Groom) , Karen Flegal (Mother of the Bride) John Thornton (Luke’s Step-father)

Today is a SPECIAL day for all of us but extra special for a couple of young people and there families. I will be doing a Wedding Ceremony in the air for “Mo & Luke” later this morning. We start off the morning with a bit of a bump, the site selected was to be the City Hall in Keizer but when I pulled up in the parking lot at 5:30 AM the sprinklers were going full blast. I decided to move to another park about a mile away that we used yesterday, Country Glen. I may get in trouble using this park two days in a row but at least we will stay dry during the inflation. Jan stayed behind as the gang and I made the move and got things started. The wedding party started to drift into the park and we were only about thirty minutes behind. We are ready to board the passengers and it is time to hit heat and get us to the duty of the day. It usually takes a few minutes for the “brain” to adjust to a balloon as it is nothing like you have ever done in the past. After a short time most people start to relax and enjoy the ride. The “gang” gets the gear packed for the chase as we head out into the urban area of Keizer. I drift along low until all are use to the ride then start the climb up to about 2500 feet to start the ceremony. As we get a little higher I spot a visitor in the distance and it is a Bi-wing pontoon plane that buzzes us to say Hello. You never know who will be up and about, even this early in the morning. I start the ceremony and get about half of it done then have to climb higher to get the other half done. After the “I Do’s” are done I let us settle back into a normal altitude for the rest of the flight. We settle in over the Keizer Rapids Park, one of our launch cites and I notice that landing there won’t work today as we still have some time on the clock. We will be crossing over into West Salem soon so I have the gang start the move there. We cross over Mark G’s. place and it is a possible LZ also but I have the gang stage up by Brush College Road as I have a upslope wind taking me that way. Once across Wallace Road I start looking for a spot to park. I have an eye on an open field right in the middle of a big housing area in a small valley and it will work just fine. It is about 30 acres and sheltered from the breeze. Once over the trees I will be able to drop in for a one, maybe two bounce landing. We are in the field, nice and safe and the gang is having a heck of a time finding the way into us. Every street dead-ends into a thick growth of berries or a non-drivable blockade. I spot the way in about the same time that Nick does and they are on the way in after a few minutes of waiting. The passengers help us get it in the bag, then we let them rest, we load up and are on the road back to Keizer for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

John: “The journey in life is but a ‘lift off’ away.”
Karen: “Also it was the most fantastic wedding two kids could ever ask for.”
Monique & Luke: “Love you guys, thanx so much. It was even better than I thought it would be, you were all so nice.”

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

Average Speed: 4.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.0 Miles

To see the VIDEO of the Wedding Morning click here (you will need Adobe Flash 9)
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