We went to the lobby to await our pick-up. A white Suburban pulled in at 6:15 however it had a trailer attached to it so I assumed it was a garden service. Not so, it was Blair our driver and pilot who was dragging the hot air basket and uninflated balloon.
We stopped at the Best Western to pick up the other four passengers and then made another stop to pick up two guys known as the chasers.
We then drove to Red Rock State Park which was to be our launching pad. The balloon is a lot bigger than I imagined.
Two of our guys assisted with holding the balloon while it was being filled with very cold air.
We watched in fascination as the balloon was readied.
Blair gives us some rules.
For those who have taken a subway this is NOT a handle.
The heat generated when Blair activates the gas really keeps us warm even if it is a bit scary having this right over your head.
It was just amazing as we lifted off.
It was so peaceful and you could hardly feel any movement as we climbed. Blair compared the experience to flying in an over-sized laundry hamper filled with explosives!
We entered Dry Creek Canyon.
Imagine if Senator McCain had become president we wouldn't be allowed in the air over his home.
Her friend, defending herself to Blair for not knowing, said "well, like seriously, everyone knows Canada is just full of trees and don't have an army". "Really, Blair says, then I guess they were just making coffee at Juno Beach?"
Friend then says "they have a beach?"
Landing was more difficult than I would have imagined since take off was so easy. Blair radioed the guys as to where he thought we would land and they drove there.
Notice where/how you climb in and out of the basket!
Blair popping the champagne after we each received our certificates.
Breakfast was delicious with super fresh tasty strawberries along with a pastry.