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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
May 10, 2011
Passengers: Roger & Diane Webster, Alvin & Sandy Grinnell

Today we have a couple of families to celebrate a birthday, well kinda. I call for one of our Keizer sites, at City Hall as the wind forecast is NNW which should carry us across town to some good landing spots at the end of the hour. Once we get on site we find a bit of a surface wind so I have to move us to the other side of the park for the layout so the winds won’t shove against us. We get the balloon out and start to pump in the air. The envelope is fully pressurized and it is time for the heat. We are standing and it is time for some “ballast” so I call for the passengers to board. The balloon drifts off the park and we head out to the south with a sharp push to the east. We follow the track of the “pi-ball” that I launched earlier moving out at a higher speed that I like. I climb up looking for slower winds and find what I like at about a thousand feet so we will cruse here most of the flight. We are moving about 3MPH up here so the gang has time to get under us. It is a pretty morning with a high overcast and the sun trying to break through. We cross over the parkway then are close to the Kroc Center, then it is over I-5 into the Lancaster Drive area of NE Salem. There are few LZ’s in this area and several drift by. I drop down lower to see what winds we are going to have to deal with. I level out at around two hundred feet and we are doing 8MPH, not what makes for a stand-up landing. I spot the old mushroom plant property that is the spot for today. It is soggy but will do for today. I will do some “tree braking” to slow us down as I drop into the field. It will be a bumpy landing today with a hop, skid and a lean as we dig into the dike that we stop on. We get the balloon down and tied off for the packed into the bag. We get the gear packed back in the van and the property manager, John is VERY kind to us and opens the north gate for a shorter trip off the property. We may never be back, but if we do I got your number. It is time to hit the road back to the park for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Diane: “Thank you for a memorable experience.”
Sandy: “Great Birthday present, lots of fun.”
Alvin: “Good job.”
Roger: “We looked forward to this for sometime and found this a memorable experience.”

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Mike, Jan, Cecil, Tim, At T.

Average Speed: 4.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.2 Miles

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