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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
September 3, 2010 (v)
Passengers: Devon & Russ, Kameron, Konner Monk

I always say that “patience is the key to a good landing”, well it also applies to a great flight. This morning will attest to that quote as today is a “pip”. We have the Monk family on their pursuit of the “perfect” summer vacation plan. A three legged package of vacationing in Oregon’s rivers, beaches and in the air (today is the AIR) . We have been bouncing them around for a couple of weeks due to Mother Nature being in a bad mood on the date they booked…not today it is THE DAY. I canceled yesterday but today I call our West Salem site as we have light winds from the south. The gang gets to work on the balloon and soon we are ready for the passengers to board. We are off the parking lot and cross over Wallace into the residential area. We catch the sun as it breaks over Mt. Hood and lights up the sky with a brilliant goldenglow. It is over all the apartments that have “mushroomed” here in the last 18 months then on into Cemex’s operation (a giant erector set). The drift shifts a bit and we are going due north matching the river but not crossing it and I have had the gang already crossed to the east side. We drift over the berry fields and they are picking this morning. I finally get a slight push to the east and we start the drift to cross the river. Once into Keizer I start to look for a LZ and pick an elementary school, Cummings. The gang move into the field and I set up for the shot When I get down to treetop level I get a slight push to the east and will miss the school. It is time to park and I have the gang move onto the streets for a drop line and a tow to a house on the corner with a open yard for the take down. Every time we land on a street we get all the “lookie-loos” out and this time the Keizer Police are on the spot too. While the gang get the balloon down I get a chance to talk to Officer Halladey and give the home owners, the Tom’s a thank you for the use of their yard for the pack up. We get the balloon in the bag and give all on the street a wave goodbye as we head back for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Devon: “Thank you for a spectacular flight! I’ve always dreamed of flying in a balloon and it was even more amazing than I imagined!”
Russ: “What a wonderful ride. Our first and not our last! Great Pilot and crew.”
Kameron: “Amazing!”
Konner: “I know after this I will do this again in my lifetime, 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, Cecil, EriK

Average Speed: 2.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 3.1 Miles

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