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Balloon Ride

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Last weekend, as part of our 8th anniversary celebration, I took Teri for a balloon ride at the Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival. She had said for a long time that she’d love to take a balloon ride so I had been looking at all the options nearby and discovered that, for an extra fee, you could go up during the festival when 40-50 other balloons would be doing the same. Sounded like the way to do it so I went for it.

I thought I’d find the heights hard to deal with because I don’t do well near balconies on tall buildings but there was actually no sense of height from within the balloon at all. I was happily leaning over the side looking around and down. And the balloon moves effortlessly with very little sense of motion. It is cosy in the basket, and quite hot from the burners, but I’d highly recommend it.

I had my trusty Aiptek video camera with me and once again it took some awesome video for such a cheap camera. Here is a video from the balloon:

and some video of the pilot and crew taking the balloon down:

Finally, there are some pictures on my flickr account. Unfortunately neither of us had a proper stills camera with us to have taken more.

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June 8th, 2010 at 7:44 am

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