Wednesday, February 16, 2011


So, Jan. 31st was my 40th birthday. Gotta do something big right?! I've wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride for a long time. Steven tried to surprise me with one on my magical birthday, (turning 31 on the 31st), however, that morning due to weather it was canceled. That's the hard part. You just never know for sure if the weather will cooperate. Well, this time it did. We drove out to Phoenix and met our group at 7 am. Our group consisted of the pilot, one young couple, and us. Sweet! As we arrived at the location, the pilot asked if there were any hands on kinda people, and if so, they could help. So, you know Steven was right there in the middle of it all, having a grand time, and of course I was back taking pictures documenting it all. :) There were several ballooning companies and they basically go to the same area, so it was fun to watch all the balloons going up .

laying it all out
starting the fan
filling up
inside from the other side
looking up to the top, it is so gorgeous
adding the fire
can you see the little bit of fire in the middle of the picture?
there is our shadow
other balloons that morning
The other couple graciously took some pictures of us.
getting ready to land, and I just loved the big heart rock down there. I love finding heart rocks.
close to the ground
deflating and putting it away. They had a little picnic for us while we were waiting. Apples, peanut butter, banana bread, cheesecake and sparkling cider. What an amazing flight. We had a great time. Steven wants to buy a balloon now. He sure loves learning about new things, and seeing how they work.

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