We now begin our tour which is
already in progress . . .
(In a few weeks I hope to have
more film developed.)
After unrolling the balloons envelope a powerful gasoline
powered fan is then turned on while the bottom of the hot air balloon is
And amazingly enough in a matter of minutes these
four story tall balloons were fully inflated and ready for the introduction
of hot air.
Climbing into the basket the pilot then gives the first
long burst of flame from the propane burner right down the center of the
By about the fourth 20 second burst the balloon begins
to rise up from its vertical position on the ground.
And then almost miraculously the balloon with little
more than heated air in it not only aright's itself but the basket
attached to it as well.
Once everything is in position the passengers then
board, and after recieving a briefing on flight etiquet and ballooning
safety they are now ready to take off.
Giving a few short bursts on the propane burner the
balloon begins gently rising. I am told that it feels a lot like
floating on an air matress in a backyard pool.
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