Sunday, July 8, 2007

Up, Up and AWAY!!!

We finally got to enjoy my Christmas present from 2005!!! Chad got me a certificate for a hot air balloon ride! Then because of my accident last spring, we were unable to go last summer and they graciously let us use it this year, even though it had technically expired last year.

We had to be in Langley at the airport by 6am. Meaning waking up just before 5am!!! Way too early for these old bones, but so worth it! Then they drove us to our departure site.

When we arrived, the balloon looked like this, half inflated, laying on the ground.

Within a couple of minutes they started filling it up with hot air and before long...

we had lift off!

Up, up and away we went!

Before long this was our view! Amazing! That is Mt. Baker in the distance, and the long, straight road is the #1 Hwy.

This was a quick shot one of the ground crew took for us seconds before take off! I didn't get the pics downloaded in the right order! Sorry!

What a view!!!

These are strawberry fields. So tiny from up here!

So cool watching the flames up in the balloon. But it was soooo hot!!! We were told to where hats and long sleeves to keep the heat off our skin.

After a fun hour of looking for places we recognized and just plain taking in the beauty of our province we had to come down eventually. At the top of the balloon's shadow you can see a couple of dots. They are the ground crew waiting for our landing.

Yes, what goes up must come down! Bummer! We land, wait our turn to get out and watch them tip the basket over and deflate the balloon.

And that is all that is left! What a fabulous gift! It was an adventure to remember!


Kassie said...

And you didnt invite me??? Well I am glad you had fun for me! Awesome pics, too. Glad you had lots of fun, love ya!

ps ( next time you need to invite me!!!!!)

Sherrie said...

Too Cool! Looks like you both had a lot of fun...Merry Christmas!

Rachel said...

Wow! I've always wanted to do that. What a great gift!

villagegirl said...

What a very cool gift! I'm glad you enjoyed it so much. I'd love to try that out one day. How beautiful our world is - hey?

Candace :) said...

Wow, my kids loved looking at the pics and wondered when they get to go... Maybe they should ask Uncle Chad when he can take our family (tee, hee).

Kori said...

That is so cool! What a great way to see the area.
I think I may have to put that on my Christmas wish list!

Thanks for sharing your pictures, they are awesome!

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Anonymous said...

Oh, how much fun!! You did something that I have always wanted to do. Glad it was a good experience for you!
Pat (GmaTrish)

Colleen said...

That's a rockin' great gift! And what a perfectly beautiful, sunny, glorious, happy, happy day!

Dolores said...

This sounds like it could be lots of fun. We see these balloons in our area every once inawhile. Lately it's been too hot. Glad you had such a good time and got some neat pictures.

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