Been down for a few days so I call the meet at City Hall and the pi-ball shows we need to move further North. We get the balloon pumped up and standing tall, then I call for the passengers to “come on board”. We are off the tarmac and drifting toward the gravel pit as I get a glimpse of the steam from the energy to waste plant and the GPS confirms that we have some upper winds today. I drop down a bit over the pondsto take off some speed and we get up close look at the dredge that “sucks” the gravel out of these ponds. I have to climb a bit to clear the tree line on the edge of the pits and we jump to 12 MPH at 400 feet. This flight is for Don’s upcoming Birthday and I’m sure it’s one he’ll remember. The “gang” catches up with us as we pass over Brooklake Rd. heading toward the Iris fields. The winds are getting worse so its time to PARK. It’s over I-5 and into a Ditchen family grass field for a bumpy, but safe landing. We get the balloon tagged for the bag and the “sit” is done and we head back to Finney Lake for the picnic.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.
PASSENGER COMMENTS: Don: “Great ride, very impressive! Marleny: “A once in a Lifetime Experience. This was a surprise Birthday present for my husband. It was very nice and Jim made the ride so enjoyable!” DJ: “It was Fun”.
A BIG thank you to today’s Crew (I can’t get in the air or back on the ground without’um) Richard, Ed & Beth
Average Speed: 6.0 MPH
Distance Flown: 3.4 Miles