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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
August 21, 2010
Passengers: Gary Chapman, Kathi Leebolt, Al & Kristen Heyn

Yesterday I called for this site and was tickled I did as we went far and fast. Today we will see what “adventure” is in store. We have a “ton” of crew and I will be doubly “tickled” that I do, you will see as this story develops. We get the balloon stretched and prepared as the fan gets the cold air in and the flame puts in the heat. We are standing and I call for the passengers to board. After the briefing we are off to the west with a slight push to the south, nice and slow. We get a close look at the hops, maybe to close for Kathi then over the Knife River operation for a few minutes. We have a beautiful sunrise and there is “Moors Fog” all over the valley telling me that fall is around the corner. We have a bunch of “cousins” in the air today as the “Loose Goose” fly out in McMinnville is happening this weekend. I dig out the binoculars and give them to Kristen and she becomes the “official counter” for us. The final tally is 22 which seem about right. She might have missed a few as it is hard to see them all as they ascend off the field and catch the varying breezes different altitudes. We are drifting to the south and the speed slows considerably as we approach Clear Lake and my LZ . I call for the gang to move to Zielinski Farms and the grass field that we used the other day. I cross over the tree line on the lake and get pushed off the open field and over a large corn field and we stop dead. I have the gang move down to the edge so we can get some “boots” in the corn and pull me off this field and to the open grass seed field. The gang “git ur dun” and we are in the cleaned field for the take down and get the pack up started. We have it tagged and then in the bag for the “sit” . We get loaded up and head back to the airport for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Al: “Thanks for the great time with the ‘Ascension’. My daughter Kristen and myself enjoyed the balloon ride.”
Kathi: “Thanks so much for not landing in the bog>” (Clear Lake)
Gary: “Great experience, loved the feeling of the lift off, beautiful patchy fog here and there. Landings are always and adventure? Huh!”

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, Sean, Todd, Will, Mitchell

Average Speed: 2.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 3.2 Miles
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