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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
October 16, 2010
Passengers: Sean O’Conner & Jill Day

Today is a special flight for a “crew-payout” that has been planned by Sean since early this summer. This young man is a “planner” and has asked for a Private Flight with the idea to “pop the question” to Jill. So much for a plan! We get the balloon out and pumped up at our Brooks site which is again covered with some patchy fog off the lake. With no wind we will have to ask Mother Nature to burn this stuff off with some heat. I call for the “kids” to board and we are off the field to the south at an easy pace. We are joined by a lot of geese as this launch site is right on the flyway. We cross over Knife Rivers gravel operation which is covered in fog and will stay hidden this morning. We slip into the “bottoms” and I take a look toward Mt. Hood and spot a “cousin” coming out of Bauman’s Farms. I drop lower to check out the winds and get a swing to the west. We are drifting closer to the river and I have to find a LZ before we cross over. The “gang” would not be happy if I can’t stay on this side. I spot a seed field and make the shot. We wait for the gang then get the balloon ready to drop, packed up and in the bag. We get loaded up and head back to the Air Field for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

P.S. – Sean did “pop the question” but did it later in the day at a family get together held on the Coast … Our congratulations to you BOTH !!!

Sean “This was Amazing guys! Thank you so much we had such a blast.”
Jill: “Absolutely beautiful& so relaxing. Thank you so much, I will never forget!”

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

Average Speed: 5.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.7 Miles

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