One of the perks of living 'out in the middle of nowhere' is that there are not alot of power lines above ground, the land is flat (for the most part) and the mornings in the winter, spring, summer and fall are somewhat calm. Perfect conditions for hot air ballooning!! Down the road from us is the soccer and baseball field complex - huge flat land conducive to the inflating and launching of said hot air balloons. Early in the mornings I can hear the whoosh of the propane filling up the balloon, so I grab my cup of coffee and head out to the back porch and watch the balloons float overhead...a nice peaceful way to begin the day :)
Ruby Mountain Balloon Festival 2011
I've always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon.
But in the back of my mind was always the thought
"would I go through with it if the opportunity presented itself?"
I will admit, I am not daring. My mind works in a worst-case scenario kind of way:
I really want to learn how to ride a motorcycle.
Nope, I would fall off and turn into a giant piece of roadrash!
I love watching Alpine Ski racing! That would be such a rush!
Watch out for that tree!
I want to go on a safari in Africa.
Can you say lion food?
I want to attend Burning Man.
I would get run over by an art car during a wind storm!
I want to ride in a hot air balloon.
A bird fly into the balloon, spinning it out of control and I will go splat on the ground!
Do you see me?
There I am!
I got the opportunity to crew for the McCoys on their balloon Misbehavin' a couple of weekends ago.
What a great group of people I got to spend the morning with.
Gayle, Martha, Lisa, Tim and Laura were so much fun and eager to
answer my questions and show me the ropes.
|Beautiful northeastern Nevada morning.|
|Looking to the west.|
|Looking to the east.|
|Looking down towards the marina. There's the chase crew! Hi guys!|