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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
September 30, 2011
Passengers: Lloyd Smith, Benjamin Kuhn

Today we are in a transition in the weather with several low pressure zones off shore working there way in for a week or so. I have picked the west site as the forecast is SSW wind being light and variable. We have nothing on the surface and the pi-ball shows us vary little above us either. We get the balloon out of the bag and spread out for the inflation. We are standing and read for the passengers to get on board, after the briefing we are off the lot and on our way. We have a nice sunrise but the humidity is high and we are in a real hazy condition as we move slowly toward the south and east, defiantly NOT what was in the forecast last night when I picked this site. I call the tower and start the climb up to altitude slowly looking for anything that would carry is to the north, but find nothing but a slow creep to the east and south. We cross over the river at the bridges and move over the old Boise mill that they have been working on this summer opening up Mill Creek to the sunlight, a first in over 7 decades or more. I see that they are also working on the ponds on Minto Park getting them covered up with clean top soil. We are still heading on the southeast track over the Hospital and then I have a shot at Bush School as a possible LZ. I drop down for the shot but as we get lower I get more push to the south and have to climb back up and look for another spot to land. The Willamette U. football complex is in line but I don’t have enough right turn to get there so I’m looking at some open fields in the industrial area off Mission Street. I have a shot at a field next to the City Shops and that is where I send the boys and we will land there. It is tight fit over the lines but there is no wind so we have plenty of room. We are down safely and get the balloon deflated and ready for the pack up. We have the “bag sit” done and get loaded up for the trip back for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Ben: “This was on of the funnest things that I have done in quite a while, thanks!”
Lloyd: “Thanks to Jim, Cecil & Al for a great and memorable event, great history lesson too!”

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: 3.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 4.4 Miles

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