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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
July 28, 2011
Passengers: , Linda & Duane Hunt, Jill & James Holtrop

Again we return to the Brooks site and it looks like this will work fine today maybe even better as the winds up top are even slower. We have a couple that have the MOST unique birthday’s both on the same day. What are the odds of that, I better by a lottery ticket? The other pair is trying for the “farthest traveled” award for this season traveling from St. Louis MO. We get the balloon out and stretched out and find it full of seed from the field that we landed in yesterday, I mean a BUNCH! Well the grass runway here will have a new look in about 2/4 weeks, MAYBE? We get the air into Starship and standing ready for the passengers to get on board. With a little heat we are off the field and heading to the south. It is over the first of a BUNCH of hop fields this morning as the “bottoms area” is about 30% or more in hops. We continue to the south at an easy pace of about 5 MPH past orchards, grass seed fields that are “windrowed” getting ready for harvest. We are getting further south and will soon leave the farm fields and slip into Keizer where I will have to find us a landing spot in a few minutes. I set up for a field off Willow Lake Road as the gang moves toward the LZ then the wind stops and I will use the street as the LZ this morning. The gang is on the spot for the “drop” as we slip onto the street. It is around a tree then down for a safe catch. We get the balloon deflated in a fast fashion as we are on a public street and don’t want to hang up traffic. It is load up and time to head back to the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Jill & James: “What a delightful flight! It was simply magnificent. Thank you Jim and all!”
Duane: “This was the best thing I have done in my life!”
Linda: “What a wonderful way to start a day. So peaceful, beautiful and very informative. Great pilot and crew.”

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

Average Speed: 5.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.9 Miles

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