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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
November 2, 2012 (b) v
Passengers: Jordan Marsland, Karisa Keasey

We have had a bunch of “weather outs” from last month (13) so I was ecstatic when the weather turned around about 36 hours ago and gave us a window to fly this morning. Jordan was probably a bit happier than I was as this was his betrothal flight and he DID NOT want to miss it. The wind forecast was for light winds out of the south west so I call for the south Salem site. The “gang” gets the balloon prepared for flight and soon it is time to have the passengers to board. Jordan has a couple of photographers that will document the flight for them and after a coupe shots we are off the lot and drifting slowly to the northeast. We cross over the ridge and slip into the valley that holds Leslie School and you can really see the color changes on the trees that have kicked in over the last couple of weeks. We are about 30 minutes into the flight and Jordan gives me the “nod” that he is ready to “pop the question”. Karisa is caught “flat footed” as he does the traditional pleading on one knee and she says YES and has to move the ring to the left hand after he placed it on the right one…NERVIOUS U THINK??? We continue the flight and get close to Walling’s Pond and I call the tower for permission to do a “practice emergency water landing” and we do just that getting the bottom couple of inches in the drink. It is time to find a parking spot that is DRY and that may be a tall order. I spot the Bearcats Stadium the home to Willamette University’s football and baseball programs and call for the gang (with caravan) to move there and see if we can get the gate opened for us. They get there and a maintenance worker opens up as I set the shot for the ball field. We cross over the oak grove and then the gang move in for the catch on the field. With a bit of a tow we move onto the turf for the lay down and pack up. The passengers and their family have plans so they will leave us here.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented. A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um)
Cecil, Tim, Mike

Average Speed: 2.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 3.4 Miles

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