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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
July 29, 2011
Passengers: Keith, Kristi and Trent Herndon

Today we have another family on vacation from out of state, this time it is Texas. Keith and his family have spent a few days in the Silverton area and will move to the coast for a bit soon. We are again out in the Brooks area as the prevailing wind is holding true to the summer trend out of the north. We get the balloon out and ready for the morning flight. I call for the passengers to climb on in and we are off the field by about 6:30. We drift off to the south at an easy pace into the farm country. We have a nice breeze at all altitudes holding around 6/8 MPH but not a lot of steerage except really low so the track today is going to be a solid SSW. I’m really happy to see some of the crops starting to come off, especially the large grass seed fields being windrowed. To me that means a lot more LZ’s (landing zones) will be available in a couple of weeks. With this push to the east we cross over the Willamette River into West Salem at the Keizer Rapids bend. There are a lot of large fields that will be land able in a couple of weeks but not today for us as the crops are still on the fields. If it is not covered in crops we have orchards and next door to them horse operations which are off limits too. I find a beautiful little valley with a big hay field, then spot another horse operation so we move on up the hill until I find the right LZ for this morning. There is a big 2/3 acre field next to the bend in Orchard Heights Road, no fences so no “critters” and all I have to do is clear a little building and we will be down after a hour and a half ride. The landowner Sandy said, ”welcome”, come to find out she has chased balloons in the Midwest and knows exactly what we are doing. The gang gets the balloon deflated and ready to pack, then bagged, loaded and we are off for the long drive back across the river heading to the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Keith: “Awesome ride and a great time for the family. Lots of fun for everyone.”
Kristi: “Loved the stories, crew and ride!”
Trent: “Everything was great! Loved the trip”.

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

Average Speed: 6.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 9.2 Miles

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