Thursday, July 24, 2008

Up Up and Away!

For our Anniversary we decided to go on a Hot Air Balloon Ride! I was a little nervous about it at first, but once we got up in the air it was so fun! We had to get up at 6:30 to meet our "pilot" in the Hotel Lobby, and then off we went in the vans to our launch site. At first we were feeling like it was totally lame that the balloons weren't set up and ready for us to go when we got there, but the crew put us to work helping them get the balloon up and we LOVED it! It was interesting to see how they get those things blown up and ready to go!
Zachary, such a good helper ;) He was holding the balloon kind of up and open while I was holding this HUGE-O fan down that was blowing the air into the balloon.

Once the balloon had enough air in it they started the flames, and all of a sudden the balloon went from laying on it's side to up and over, and standing straight up!

In front of our balloon basket, I was grateful to see how sturdy and thick those things were!

Up and away we go!

We got a lot of pretty pictures, with amazing scenery in the background, unfortunately I just can't post those up the nose shots of me and Zachary! It was so cool being up so high, but not really having anything around you. One thing that I did not know before we went on our little ride was that those balloons have no way of steering! They just go wherever the wind takes them! Our pilot had no idea where we were going to land, until we were landing and then he would radio his crew and they would drive to wherever we were. Of course once we landed they broke out the champagne (we opted for the Sparkling Cider obviously). It was like 9:00 AM, and everybody was going for the champage, it was killing me! Despite the champagne, it was definitely a nice relaxing beautiful way to start our day off right!

4 comments:

shaunie said...

How fun! Not sure I could do it, I've got a fear of heights. You took some great pictures.

tHe PitCheR mEmoRiEs said...

Ok, this looks really fun, but were'nt you kind of scared?! I think I would be! How long was your ride? That's an awesome experience!!

Brock & Emily Gibbons said...

wow that looks like so much fun! It was fun having you here for a little while...not like i saw you much. But it was fun.

Brock & Emily Gibbons said...

wow that looks like so much fun! It was fun having you here for a little while...not like i saw you much. But it was fun.