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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
October 12, 2011
Passengers: Brian & Tina, Jonathan & Jennifer Reiter

Every season I always wonder who will win the “distance prize” (the group that came the farthest to play with me) and the winners were today, being that they are from Hawaii. We are in the “fall” season so the weather is always a BIG factor, but today Mother Nature blessed us with a cool but clear morning in which to play. With the upper air forecast bringing us winds out of the south we are at the parking lot (be it wet) again today. The gang gets to work on the balloon top then we start to pump “Starship” full of really cold air. Soon we are full and standing, ready for the passenger to climb on in. We are off the lot and catch the drift to the south as expected. I get a look around and see that the fog has filled in the Independence/Dallas area and creeping into Salem but our track will again keep us clear as we head out to the northeast. We slip over the ridge and we spot all the “commuters” lined up going to work as we drift overhead. We pass over on of the most unique office buildings in town, Morrow Crane corporate headquarters. We are in the industrial area for a bit and pass by Salmon Run (a balloon friendly spot) that we used a few weeks ago to lay down in. We are clipping right along holding at about 11/12 MPH as we cross Mission Street, then over the end of runway 13 at the airport and over the “bad boys” house into the residential area on NE Salem. We cross the I-5 and head toward Lancaster Mall then past Chemeketa College and a good LZ but we are too far east today. We are rapidly running out of workable spots to park so I set my sites on the large fields at Yoshikai/Stevens Schools. I drop and get a hook to the north so have to quickly climb and reset the shot with the west push to get us to the gang at Stevens. I “hot shot” us down to the gang, get the rope to them and we post right to the edge of the ball field. We are down and the gang starts the pull down, we wrap up the gear and get it bagged up for return (long) trip to the park for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

Brian & Tina: “Wow what a ride! Jonathan and Jennifer had the time of their lives. We covered a lot of ground in a short time, thought we were headed for the farm fields but the crew did a great job catching us and we made a perfect landing. We loved every minute!”

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Cecil, Tim and Molly with Bret & Lance

Average Speed: 9.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 8.0 Miles

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