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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
February 11, 2012 (v)
Passengers: Tabitha Macomber & Alan Korevia, Penny Cahoon & Pam Clem,

Another day in Paradise… well at least MY paradise! Winter flying has not been this good since… I can’t remember when. Today we have a full load with a Birthday gal (I won’t tell) and a surprise Valentines gift for Alan too. I call for our south launch site as the forecast has a push from the SSW for the morning. A (almost) dry parking lot is welcome for the set up in Oregon in February. The “gang” get to work on the top then we get the fan going pumping cold (35*) air into Starship. I give Cecil the okay for the up and after a final check he has us up and ready for the passengers. I jump in and add more heat and we are off the lot and on our way. Once up we get a look at the area and Mt. Hood is SPECTACTULAR as we drift off to the north with a strong push to the east. We drift over a rarely used LZ that is occupied today by only some deer. We slip over the south Salem ridge and into the “lowlands” of the east side of ridge past the new Leslie School toward the Airport. I call the tower and get permission to transition over the runways and we proceed past the State Hospital toward I-5. The push from the west is still strong so we cross the freeway and head toward the Lancaster Drive area. This is a good area for us as we have a lot of potential LZ’s (landing zones) that we can use, but the lower I go the more push from the west heading us out toward the farm country, a place I don’t want to go. The “gang” stage at Auburn School as the fist LZ but when I drop for the shot we hit the hook to the east and will not make that spot. We have the open fields at the old mushroom plant up next but after a closer look I find they are really wet and I call for the little league ball fields next to Marion County Fire Station #1 as the next shot. The “gang” has staged at the entrance as I climb a bit to clear the lines on Cordon Road, I send down a drop line and they “post” like the pros then are and we are safely on the ground with a gentle bump and a short slide. I unload the passengers and we start the deflate. The gang starts the pack and we get the passengers to do the bag sit to get the air out, then we load up and head back to the lot to get the cars at the parking lot. We will move down the street to one of our favorite restaurants to do the post flight 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!

PASSENGER COMMENTS:
Penny: “What a 70th Birthday, fun, fun, fun!!”
Pam: “You guys R Fab!!”
Tabitha: “Amazing morning! Looking forward to doing it again next weekend with the kids.”
Alan: “Being on the ground is boring once you’ve seen the City and country side from the air. A very peaceful ride.”

A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Tim, Mike, Dr. T & Nick with Cecilon the up only to round us out.

TRACK
Average Speed: 5.5 MPH
Distance Flown: 5.0 Miles


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