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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
April 11, 2013
Passengers: Mark & Megan Johnson

We have a break in the windy & wet weather of the last few days and I call for the west site as the forecast is for “light” winds with a west push. We get the balloon out and on the pavement for the inflation and when it’s fullI add the heat and we have the passengers get on board. We lift off the lot just after 7AM and catch the push from the west early and head toward the berry fields and then will cross the river into Keizer. We spot an active Osprey nest by the gravel pit then slip over the tree line and onto the river We spot a fishing boat trying for his “spring salmon” then on into NE Salem for the rest of the flight. We drift across the industrial section then into the residential area. We cross over the “BIG W” (the Oregon School for the Deaf) and I point out the men’s dorm that was built a couple of years ago by the “Extreme Makeover” TV show. It’s now time to look for an LZ (landing zone) and we pick up an “escort” who will stick with us until we land. I’m thinking the State Fairgrounds as it has a lot of pavement on it but when I drop to set the shot we hook more to the northeast so will miss that one. Downwind I spot a workable field (the Epping property) and will work my “magic” for that LZ. The winds have picked up a bit (to about 6 MPH) so I tell the passengers I will use a “tree top” to take off some speed for a nice soft 2 bounce landing in the field. We are down and waiting for the “gang” as they roll into the field. They walk us over to the road (well kinda) for the lay down and pack up. We get Starship in the bag and load up for the return back to West Salem for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.

A fun couple and Mother nature even gave us some sun for the

picnic…THANK YOU!!!

PASSENGER COMMENTS:
Mark & Megan: “Great Trip! First time in a hot air balloon, very memorable and something to cherish! We will defiantly do it again! Thank you.”

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

TRACK
Average Speed: 3.5 MPH
Distance Flown: 3.0 Miles

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