A small herd of cows ran
away from us. This is probably because we were so low.
Coming in low over town...
The first balloon lands
Our landing site is just
That's our shadow
After we're down. When
landing, we bounced a few times. This is quite normal,
as the balloon is still inflated, and the breeze is
Here we are allowing the balloon to
settle a bit.
Here the pilot and one of
the customers (there were 4 of us plus the pilot on
board), squish the air out of the balloon.
All the air's out. Notice
how it's laid nice and straight along the ground. This
helps a lot when it's taken out for the next flight.
All packed away. One of
these costs about $35,000!!
Our pilot, Mike (left) and
his helper, Joe, with the basket.
The morning flight was concluded with a traditional toast:
The wind has
welcomed you with softness.
The sun has blessed you with warm hands.
You've flown so high and so well that Nature has joined you in laughter,
and set you gently back again into the loving arms of Mother Earth.
Thanks to Sundance Balloons for
a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience!