Monday, July 12, 2010

Balloon ride!

Ben woke me up very early yesterday morning.

He surprised me with a hot air balloon ride for my birthday!
He remembered from a couple years ago how much I loved the balloon glo.

We dropped Alice off with Ben's parents and went to the launch site.

The crew getting the balloon set up:

Inside the balloon:
So pretty!

Ben and I were tons of help. :)

About ready to go!

And we're off!

We flew by the airport:

It was a beautiful morning!

After about an hour and a half, our pilot found a good place to some guy's backyard!
Thankfully, he said people are generally very nice about balloons landing on their property.

Ben helped take the balloon down:

When we got back to the launch site, our pilot, Dave, told us about the history of ballooning and did a little ceremony for first time fliers.
We were asked to drink the champagne without using our hands.
While we were distracted, they poured water on us!

Then, there was a little tailgate with the other balloon pilots, passengers, and chase crews.

What a fun birthday surprise!!
My husband is awesome!


Klenke said...

Looks like so much fun! What a great memory! Nice work Ben.

katie said...

Agreed! I am so jealous :) I have always wanted to take a hot air balloon ride. What a fun memory and great birthday surprise!

MrsA.Woods said...

That looks like so much fun! Happy Birthday!

shauna said...

you're husband is the bestest!
i'm totally jealous about your hot air balloon ride. it's on my bucket list.