Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Up Up & Away ...

Up Up & Away ...

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Many years ago I had the pleasure of riding in a hot air balloon.  As a young girl, it was an exciting and exhilarating experience!  Few things compare to the thrill.

It is an amazing feeling being airborne in a beautifully colored balloon.  The air is completely silent and oh so peaceful.  You literally feel as though you are floating.  Riding in a balloon allows you to experience a new found freedom totally unlike any other aerial adventure.  The view looking down from the balloon is breathtaking.

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There's something incredibly adventurous about having the course of your travels charted by the wind as you skim above trees and rooftops as if in a dream.

"The balloon seems to stand still in the air while the earth flies past underneath." ~ Alberto Santos-Dumont

Can you imagine yourself floating effortlessly across the countryside?  Does the thought of being up so high in a basket unnerve you?

27 comments:

Terri said...

Oh I would love to travel by ballon...anywhere! Floating up in the sky so silently, except for the occasional blast of the hot air. I think it would be such an inspiring experience.
Hugs,
Terri

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Unnerve is the word for me! I watch them go over my place all the time and shiver a little... They are gorgeous, though...

taylorsoutback said...

One of the things on my own bucket list...
Beautiful images - the balloons are glowing.

Mumsy¸.¤ª“˜¨ said...

Wow...those are so beautiful, and brighten up the night. I want to do this one day..

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots! :)

Judie said...

Donna, I LOVE the balloon photos! I have never been in one, but maybe someday! Thanks for the comment on my rant!!!

Vicki/Jake said...

I'm not a fan of heights but this is something I'd love to do, as long as my eyes are closed going up:)

Erika said...

My husband used to go to the balloon festival in New Mexico. I grew up by NASA in the Houston area and every year balloons would go up by our house. I loved listening to the sound of the hot air whistling.

Donna said...

Each year we have a big Hot Air Balloon Affair in the Central Coast area and there are what seems like hundreds flying all around us. It's quite amazing to see - I would love to see the view, but I would never get my sweetie up in one. It's something I would love to see together!

OOpps Granddaughter just came and read this while I stepped away for dinner, and said, "I'll go with you, Grandma, it's one of my dreams!!"

Thanks for the inspiration!

Blessings,
Donna

mary said...

Wow these is beautiful!

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Becky said...

Those hot air balloons are beautiful!

Jennipher said...

The ballons are so bright and pretty. Just perfect for a magical adventure.

Herding Cats said...

What stunning pictures. I have always wanted to experience a hot air balloon ride, but my fear of hights prevents me.

Cynthia said...

What stunning pictures. I just couldn't do it I am afraid of heights. No way.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I think I'd be screaming help. I'd prefer t stay on the ground.

Sue said...

I've always been a little uncomfortable with heights when I don't have my feet on the ground. I feel fine at the top of a mountain looking down, but I'm not sure I'd like hanging from a balloon.

Having said that, I really enjoyed my view parasailing, so maybe I could do it!

=)

Sharon's Sunlit Memories said...

I would love to ride in a hot air balloon - I think the silence of it appeals to me and the fact that you are out in the open so you can really experience everything around you. You are very lucky to have done this! Your photos are very striking - the colours are gorgeous.

JDaniel4's Mom said...

We have a festival of balloon in our community every summer. My family loves to watch them fly in the early evening. They are amazingly beautiful.

Elaine Cristina said...

I appreciate the kindness of your visit!
Be always welcome!
Glad you liked it! I hope you get inspired to paint too!

What a wonderful experience in a balloon ride!
Very beautiful your feedback!
Congratulations on your beautiful space!

A happy weekend to you!
Elaine
Brazil

EG CameraGirl said...

I've never been up in a balloon. I might need to take a tranquilizer to do it as, unfortunately, I'm afraid of heights!

Lmkazmierczak said...

So, would you do it again, now that you are older? And isn't there supposed to be wine? Nice post♫♪

bluegrassnotes said...

Those photos are gorgeous. I'm terribly afraid of heights but that's the one "up" thing that tempts me....

anitamombanita said...

My hubs and I went to a balloon fest last summer ... it was right down the street and I wanted to photograph. They asked us to help prep one of the balloons, then invited us to jump in and go for a ride. Wow. What fun that was!! And I got some spectacular shots...way more than I expected!

Pondside said...

That must have been a wonderful experience! I am shy of heights but if I were to be offered a chance to ride in a balloon, I wouldn't say 'no'!

VBR said...

There is something so delicious in the idea of traveling by balloon. I think that it would be wonderful (now, if I could just get over my fear of heights!)

Jenny said...

This would be such an amzing, Unbelievable experience...

Until I conquer my fear of heights I will live vicariously through you!

Thanks for such a Unique post for the letter "U"!

A+

Rhonda Langley said...

Riding in a hot air balloon is definitely on my bucket list!

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