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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
August 20, 2011
Passengers: Mike & Rhonda LaFrenz, Gus and his “Sis” Beth Robinson

Birthday’s, and more birthday’s seems to be rule for the last few days and will continue today, with Gus celebrating his 30th. We meet again in the Brooks area as we are into the north push, our usual summer breeze. We have some fantastic sunrises out here and today in no exception. We get the balloon pumped up as the passengers have a look see. We get the balloon standing and I call for the passengers to climb on board. As we lift off the field we get a “peek” at the moon that has yet to set. We catch a slow drift to the east and that is not a way to go from this launch site. The higher I go it gets faster so I drop back down to get the push to the south back. Lower is slower and much better as we drift toward a look at Knife River this morning. The pace low is good we will see a LOT of farm country today. I have to keep working the winds as the east push is constant and I don’t dare call Cecil and mention the ‘R’ word (river crossing) as we are a long way from the bridge’s to the south or the ferry to the north. I have found a nice track to the south with a bit of a push from the west now. We have several sloughs in this area and I drop us into a couple to break up the farmland scene. The gang is below as I take a look at a LZ (landing zone) for today. I’m thinking that Doug Z’s place will do today as he is a friendly farmer and much of his crops are up and fields cleaned. I set up the shot from about 500 feet and we slip past the tree line on the north edge, as we clear the trees we hook to the west and I miss the grass field and we are stopped at about 20 feet over the plowed field instead. There is no crop in here yet so I hold above the dirt as the gang works there way to us to give us a tow to the grassy field for the lay down and deflate. We get the balloon tagged and the passengers do the sit, then we load up and head back for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Beth: “Been chasing balloons since I was 8 years old. It was a dream come true to be in the basket, thank you.”
Gus: “Don’t say the ‘R’ word, pretty fun had a blast! Thanks!”
Mike & Rhonda: “Wonderful morning our fist time up (not our last)”

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

Average Speed: 3.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 3.3 Miles

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