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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
May 13, 2011 (v)
Passengers: Carolyn & Bill Nelson, Tracy, Jabez & Zander Rhoades

Today we celebrate two special dates. The milestone Birthday of Carolyn and the 50th Anniversary of their marriage. To help her celebrate she has asked two grand sons and their mom to join her as well. I have called for one of the Brooks sites as the passengers drift in we are getting the balloon spread out and hooked up. A few minutes of pumping the air in and we are up and ready for the passengers. In a few minutes we are off the field and over the hop field and onto the gravel pit at Knife River. I was thinking about a “dip” in the water but Tracy seems a bit nervous about getting her feet damp so I just get us close. Once past the pit we are into the farms, nurseries and the Iris fields (that have not yet bloomed) on our way into Keizer. The boys go to Clear Lake School and if I can find a hook to the east we may get over the school. I drop a little altitude but I find no steerage winds at all. We will stay over Wheatland road and that is as close as we get to their school. The gang stages for a bit at the Church and I set up for a “practice” landing as we slowly drift past. It is a bit early to land so we continue on toward the golf course. I have the gang move to the “turn out” at the Inland Shores complex as I may get a shot at there lake. While over the golf course I get more of a hook to the east and we will miss the water this time. The next shot at a LZ (landing zone) will be City Hall and I miss that one too. I’m now looking at a couple of state office complexes next to the Parkway. There are big parking lots there and it is early enough that there should be some open spots. Once I clear the last tree line I toss the gang a line and we are down next to the Donefeld Building. The gang gets to work on the deflate, we get it bagged, loaded and are off the lot in record time and a good thing as I notice the flag is starting to “poof” a bit. We head back to Finney Lake for the picnic and some pleasant surprises.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

This launch site is a “private airport” but we rarely ever see any airplane’s on the move. Today we are greeted by some fellow “pilots” . We all get a chance to see them prep then take off right over our heads. Thanks for the show, fellows!

Bill: “Wonderful trip.”
Carolyn: “Awesome 50th Anniversary!”
Tracy: “We went up high in the sky. Over the lake, no mistake! The weather was great, especially the food we ate. Granny turned 70, and that was pretty heavenly!”

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

Average Speed: 5.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 6.8 Miles

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