Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Balloon Fiesta

Balloon Fiesta 2007

Dad came out to visit for the Balloon Fiesta. I think it's his second or third time now, and we enjoy it so much more when he's with us. The best part of Dad's visit this time was that Dad, Doug and I went up in a hot air balloon. I was a little hesitant at first thinking that I might freak out as we were going up or something, but ultimately made the decision to go. It was so cool! It's not at all what I expected. First of all, we all helped lay out the balloon and fill it with air. Then we took off and there were about 10 people in each basket along with the pilot. The take off was so smooth that you got up without even noticing that the ground was getting smaller and smaller. It was so peaceful up there - the only thing you heard was the hot air filling the balloon every now and then. We stayed up for a while, floating over the city and into the country. Then we landed, which was pretty interesting. Actually, the landing really wasn't bad at all. I was braced for the worst and couldn't believe that everything worked out perfectly. Then we all helped fold up the balloon and got the basket into the van and went home. It was really fun - I would recommend it to anyone. Thanks Dad! :)