Today is a flight that was canceled a week ago and Andrey is back to give his lady a “surprise” and Mother Nature is on board too. We meet at the Brooks site and the test balloon tells us this is a good site. We get the balloon ready for flight and soon it’s standing tall and ready for the passengers. The gang gets us off the ground with Brett’s help and the adventure begins. On the way up to flight altitude we spot Mt. Hood peeking through the clouds, haven’t had that view for a while. We slip to the west so I go higher and find the push to the south I need. I find the push south at about 1200 feet so I hold this altitude for most of the flight. As with most of these flights I have told Andrey that I will give him a “cue” as to when to pop the question and over Clear Lake it’s now the time. She said YES and we continue flying toward West Salem. We are going to cross the river so I have the gang head that way and we will meet when I get a good spot to park. The winds low are slow and I have spotted our LZ today….a fallowed field in the middle of crop country. I set the shot for the grass field next to it and get a down slope wind off the hills and I know the LZ will be the road to Kevin’s house. We use the dry road for the lay down and put the balloon in the bag.
I get the story started, the toast is done and the certificates are presented.
PASSENGER COMMENTS: Andrey: “Thank you for an amazing experience and making my proposal possible. Best day of my life!!” Yana: “I had fun even though I was Freaked…Thank you!”