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Balloon Flying Service of Oregon     |     PO Box 3305  Salem OR 97302     |     (503) 363-9799
June 12, 2013
Passengers: Robin & Travis Stickel, Terrie & Mark Janquart

We are in the “lull” before the storm today, so I call for the south site with the forecast at calm to 2 from the south. The pi-ball proves I had a good choice so we meet at the parking lot and get to work on the balloon. In a few minutes we are pumped up and I have Cecil put the heat in, then we get the passengers on board. We are off the lot a bit after 6 AM and drift off to the east, northeast at an easy pace. We cross into the old Fairview Hospital property and I drop low to see if we can find some deer, nope but tree hop for a bit. We slip out toward the housing area then on to airport. It is early and the tower hasn’t opened yet and there is NO traffic so I decide that this a good time to show the passengers an up-close look at our airport. Once we get past the restaurant I get a hook to the east and we head to the “Guard” side of the field and get a look at the Army Air wing we have stationed here. It’s a Medical evacuation unit so all the choppers have RED crosses on them. We zig to the north and pass between Wal Mart, Lowe’s and then past Costco. We cross I-5 into Medowlawn golf course and are on one of the fairways for a few minutes then I get a bit of a hook to the north. The hour is at the end and time to find a LZ (landing zone) and Cecil calls on the radio and suggests that the muti-plex is on the track so I start to work the lower winds so we have a shot. The “gang” beats us there and I work us into the parking lot for a drop and they catch us on the pavement. The top is out and the deflate is started, soon it’s time to tie up and get the starship back in the
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