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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
September 20, 2011 (v)
Passengers: Dan & Terry Dudley

We have “normal” weather patterns returning and today we have a Birthday Surprise for Terry that Dan and I have been working on for a couple of days. They live in Keizer and by coincidence I have picked a site out here too. The surprise worked and Terry was really caught off guard as we start to get the balloon set up. We are up and I call for the passengers to board, we head off the park to the east for a bit and over Terry’s friend house and I leave them a “calling card” a BFS bean bag on the front steps, not a bad shot. We get the forecasted hook back to the south at about seven hundred feet and the speed has picked up a couple of miles to about 4/5. We have a strong inversion layer today so there is ground fog to the north and a heavy haze over the city. We are traveling right down River Road with a slight hook developing to the west. We pass over one of the Dudley’s watering holes as we hook a bit more to the river and I call Cecil to head over the bridges into West Salem. I call the tower and get permission to drop lower for a “peek” at the river. I have to pop up over the trees as head toward Wallace park, my first choice for landing today. When I get low for the shot we get pushed off over the trees and will miss this shot. It is over Wallace Road and the “chase” will be on for the “gang” as LZ’s are not as plentiful in this area as I like. As fate will have it I’m over the LZ that we used last week when we got the fire department to come to our “rescue” for our street landing. I will pass on that one today as we drift up the hill toward the High School and some big fields. I’m no getting hooked back to the south and miss two schools by just a few blocks. My last shot will be Meyers School, again I miss this one but only by a couple of blocks so I call the gang and will do another “street” landing today. We are on the “main drag” for the school so we move around the corner onto a dead end street with no traffic for the lay down. The street is a tight fit as they usually are, but once we get it tagged and bagged the neighborhood will return to normal and we will load up and head back to Keizer for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Terry: “Happy 63rd Birthday to me. I cried, I laughed, I smiled. Thank you so much this has been the absolute best Birthday ever!

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

Average Speed: 4.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.6 Miles

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