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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
July 9, 2010 (v)
Passengers: Fred Harris, Moya McKeehan

The weather man has finally got lucky on the dart board and comes up with a forecast that is actually close to right. Last night I called for City Hall in Keizer and when I rolled out of bed I see that the surface winds are calm. The grass is a bit wet so I have to remember to call Terry and see if we can change the timer settings a bit. We get the balloon pumped up and are off the ground just after 6 AM. The radio cracks and Jan tells me that the GPS is still on the ground so I drop quickly and Cecil gives it a toss up to the basket. I return to the climb out and we get the hook to the south. The speed is perfect at about 3 MPH as we drift down North River Road. The passengers make the comment that some other balloons are up this morning and I spot 2 off to the northeast, probably out of the Woodburn area. We keep the easy pace as we head south and the “gang” has staged at “Freddie’s” parking lot for the time being. They will wait and see what I find for steerage this morning and where it will take us. I have a straight track for North Park which is great as Fred has an office right next to it. Fred is an architect and a green one to boot so the only way I find the building is by the roof line. I have the “gang” move into the park for a couple of good photo ops and when I get into it I get a shot at the front of Fred’s building. I need to climb a bit as we are going to cross over River Road and the power lines that ring it. We pass over Fred Meyer and I’m thinking the “Big W” (Deaf School) but get shoved off about 2 blocks to the south. The next shot at an LZ will be the parking lot at St. Vincent de Paul Church but the push to the south holds and I miss that one too. I notice that while I was low that there was some down slope off the west hills and I use that to push us toward Barrick Field. On the way to the field we fly by Fred & Moya’s house so I get a shot of the back yard. This ball field is North Highs home field and will work for me today. I have to climb a bit and I’m worried that to high will kill the east push and I’ll miss this one too but once over the lines I hot shot in and only have to worry about the out field fence. The guys are getting there the same time as we do and catch us before the bounce. We are down and get the deflate started, the tie off and back in the bag for the return to Keizer for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Moya: “Thank you so much! It was a delightful experience>.”
Fred: “What a great ride! A really fun early morning experience! Thank you!”

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Jan, (up only) Tim, Cecil We have to say goodbye to JR for a couple of weeks as he heads out to S. Dakota (ouch) for US Army OCS (Officer Candidate School) so he can continue his Reserve training. Keep us in the loop, Lieutenant.

Average Speed: 3.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 3.5 Miles

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