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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
July 24, 2011 (v)
Passengers: Rebecca Alexander & Joel Taylor, Dan & Jessica Miller

After a long day yesterday on the road to Kent WA to get “Starships” hole fixed we are back in operation this morning. We have two couples one which has a 10th Wedding Anniversary today. We meet at Keizer City Hall but I load all in the van and move us to Whittaker School to use there parking lot. After the tear in the top we packed the envelope “upside down” from the normal so we need more room than normal and I want to “drive” the system out. We have some “lookie loos” (family) along today as we greet the beautiful sunrise. After a brief inspection to see all is normal we have the balloon filled up with cold air and soon standing ready for the passengers to board. The winds are forecast as “light & variable” which usually means “all over the place”. We lift off the lot and head out to the east? I really wonder where that came from as we should be heading to the south. Once I gain a bit of altitude we double back to the west and head over Keizer. The word in the forecast “light” proves to be the only part of the estimation as being accurate. For most of the trip we will drift to the west at a easy pace. This track may put us over the line and into farm country which has few workable LZ’s this time of year. I have to get up to about two thousand feet before I find a push to the south and back into Keizer for a possible spot to land. We are still in spotty farm country but above a “friendly” farm as I work over Windsor Island Road and drop a line to the “gang” on a service road between two fields of grape starts. The “gang” does an excellent job of keeping the balloon off the young plants as we drain out all the remaining hot air, pack and bag the balloon on the dusty road. We load up and take the “short” drive back to the Park for our picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

PASSENGER COMMENTS:
Rebecca & Joel: “It was a very beautiful morning. Loved the view, we will be back!”
Dan & Jessica: “Thank you it was a good ride even if Mother Nature didn’t completely cooperate.”

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Cecil, Dr. Todd & Mitch, Tim (also) Diane, from years ago & (new man) Ryan

Average Speed: 2.8 MPH
Distance Flown: 2.0 Miles

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