Monday, October 14, 2013

A Surprise Hot Air Balloon Ride!

My husband and boys planned a little surprise birthday hot air balloon ride for Saturday.  It was a beautiful day for it!
We arrived just before 8 am and got to help them set up.  Connecting the balloon to the basket.

Inflating the balloon first with a huge fan...

and then propane...that was a little scary!
Climbing in - all aboard.

And we're off!

Over Boise we go.  Seeing the changing leaves from above was spectacular.

Over the corn fields.

Passing another balloon.

Over the Eagle River and a beautiful neighborhood with wide streets...perfect for landing.

And that is exactly what we did after about a hour and half, landed in a neighborhood.  Boy did we draw a crowd! *Ü*

We climbed out and helped to deflate the balloon.

We tied it up and put it in the big envelope bag.

Then loaded the truck after the flight crew arrived. and they gave us a ride back to our car.  Our pilot Greg was amazing, definitely not his first flight (thank goodness!).  What a beautiful day and a very fun surprise!
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  1. What a wonderful surprise. You have thoughtful men in your life. Happy Birthday to you! : )
    Cheers, Dawn in Maine

  2. How wonderful and sweet of your family to plan such a nice surprise. Happy Birthday too...

  3. That's awesome and beautiful; loved the river and red leaved trees! :) Such beautiful shots of your journey, thanks for sharing with us! Happy Birthday too, and many more! Such a lovely gift from your family! God bless! :)

  4. What a fabulous birthday gift from the men in your life. Thank you for sharing your birthday adventure with us. Feliz Cumpleanos!

  5. Fabulous! You have a great family to do that for you.

    I've done a hot air balloon ride here and it was so much fun, but WOW, the colors changing there is gorgeous! LOVE the beautiful red trees.

    Happy Birthday!!!

  6. Oh what fun. That's on my bucket list of things to do. What an enjoyable day for you and your family.

  7. How sweet of your family! What would we do without them! Hope your birthday was great, and this coming year your best one yet...Happy Birthday Becky. God bless.

  8. Beautiful photos of your incredible balloon flight! Thanks for sharing with us.

  9. Beautiful photos of your incredible balloon flight! Thanks for sharing with us.

  10. Thank you for sharing your pictures! My family is from Boise and I spent quite a few summers getting up early to see the balloons take off on the first day of the fair...brought back happy memories!