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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
February 2, 2012 (v)
Passengers: Sean Gallagher, Tami Cribbs

Ah…winter flying, don the long johns and go out to meet Mother Nature’s cold breath. Today it is a “surprise” birthday flight for Tami from her love Sean. I call for our Keizer site as the forecast is light to 3 MPH ad that launch site should give is a bunch of LZ’s (landing zones) at the end of the hour. It is chilly this morning with the temp right at freezing so we can use the grass at the park as it is frozen and the balloon won’t get wet. We get “Starship” filled up with COLD air then I add the heat and I call for the passengers to get on board. We are off the Park just after 8:30 with a bright blue skies to greet us. Once over the trees we get a slight push to the west so it looks like we may see the river today. The speed is variable with it being a bit high (about 14 MPH) at a thousand feet so I’m going to stay low today. There is a lot of haze today with the smell of “wood smoke” and it is really foggy about 8 miles to the south. This should not bother us as we will be down long before we get into the “crud” . We travel right down River Road for a bit and over the “biggest Bowling Pin” in town, then a bit of a push from the east and we head toward the river crossing over the burned out hulk of the old Prime Rib Restaurant that was a 3 alarm fire last week. Our gang has taken hundreds of photos of us on the river off their deck for years. I call the tower for permission to drop lower for a direction change and get the okay as we pass the “island” that is no longer an island but trees sticking out of the VERY HIGH river. Down low I get some down slope breeze off the Eola Hills to the west and get shoved back east toward town and over the condos. We slip over the trees and are heading into downtown and some of the “crud” I mentioned earlier that I though we would miss, but now are approaching. I spin us around into the sun for a basket shot of the kids as I call for the LZ and have the gang move there. I have 3 good spots on line and pick the Lower Bush Park area as the shot. We will cross over Willamette U’s football field then the baseball to the waiting “gang” on the grass in the park. Once in the park I se the shot and drop a line to the “gang” so they can keeps us out of the trees we are drifting toward. We are down safe and sound (can’t say the same for the “pole”) and after a shot tow to the parking lot we have a nice DRY place to deflate and get all packed up. We get the “bag sit” done and the gear loaded and head back to Keizer for the party.

I get the story started, the toast is done and I present the “gift” that will be worth hundreds of Millions of dollars (in about 200 years) to our guests. A fun day with some really enjoyable folks, Thanks for flying with us today!

Tami: “It was an amazing morning and the part of getting the camera out of the tree was great! Thank you for a great ride & company!”
Sean: “Thank you for a wonderful flight.”

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Tim with Al T. and to round us out, Molly.

Average Speed: 5.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.0 Miles

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