Continuing in “reflection” mode…. I had always wanted to go up in a hot air balloon and a few years ago was able to cross that off my “bucket list“. Actually, I really want to, someday, parachute off a hot air balloon, but am not sure THAT will ever happen! After several failed attempts (each involving a 3:30 a.m. wake-up) I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of rising into the sky, floating over vineyards and fields and touching down in a lovely little river. Even though my only pair of shoes were soaked, it was worth it! We soared and landed several times in the trip over the Napa Valley and Pleasant Valley in northern California.
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I had always wanted to ascend in a hot air balloon and, a few years ago, had the opportunity. (I was in the one casting the shadow on the right hand side of photo.) After a day’s delay because of high winds, the journey proved well worth the 4 a.m. check-in! This is the Pleasant Valley in northern California, just east of Napa Valley.
Copyright 2013 Mary Jane E Clark
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I loved this hot air balloon trip over Paradise Valley, CA, even though it was postponed from the first day’s attempt because of high winds. That meant getting up at 4 a.m. 2 days in a row! Absolutely amazing views from “up there”! Took off and landed 3 separate times.
Photos copyright 2008 Mary Jane E Clark