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2019-03-26 08:37:26 AM  
All my life I dreamed of riding in a hot air balloon. When I finally did as a wedding present from my wife I spent the entire time with a death grip on the edge of the gondola. Turns out the edge of the basket is a lot lower than I expected. With 5 people in there I felt like I could have got bumped and fallen right out.
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2019-03-26 08:38:31 AM  
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Wanted for questioning.
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2019-03-26 08:38:32 AM  
My second wife was a hot air balloon pilot for a few years; you usually give a bottle of something to the owner of the landing spot IIRC.
 
2019-03-26 08:39:40 AM  
I hate local news.
 
2019-03-26 08:40:09 AM  
My wife gave me a Hot Air Balloon trip for my 30th birthday. I spent the entire time bumping into people so I could take photos over the side and of the other balloons in the area. Really didn't make any friends during the trip.
But after I sent the others in the basket some of the prints from the trip, they didn't think I was such a bad fellow after all.
/And the champagne and pate after we landed were excellent
 
2019-03-26 08:42:42 AM  
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2019-03-26 09:10:49 AM  
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2019-03-26 09:44:17 AM  
"No one was hurt, police and fire didn't show up, but the neighbors got a kick out of it"

You reading this St Louis?
 
2019-03-26 09:46:40 AM  
That's basically a daily occurrence in my neighborhood from spring to fall. Unfortunately my yard is too small so I'll never get the complimentary bottle of champagne.
 
2019-03-26 10:02:16 AM  

big pig peaches: That's basically a daily occurrence in my neighborhood from spring to fall. Unfortunately my yard is too small so I'll never get the complimentary bottle of champagne.


Before our development was built out we used to get at least a couple of landings a month in the open space. The neighborhood kids (mine included) would get a kick out of helping to fold up the bag.
 
2019-03-26 10:40:43 AM  
Riding in a hot air balloon is fun, I've done it several times.

Landing in one looks awful though, I've no interest in doing that.
 
2019-03-26 10:41:55 AM  
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did they thank the bus driver?
 
2019-03-26 11:03:57 AM  

I just lurk here: All my life I dreamed of riding in a hot air balloon. When I finally did as a wedding present from my wife I spent the entire time with a death grip on the edge of the gondola. Turns out the edge of the basket is a lot lower than I expected. With 5 people in there I felt like I could have got bumped and fallen right out.
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I tried to arrange a hot air balloon ride for my then girlfriend when we were on a leaf viewing trip in New Hampshire.  The owner determined that even on a fairly cold morning, they could not lift the two of us.  Yeah, we were both fairly heavy, but people routinely operate hot air balloons at much higher altitudes in Colorado and New Mexico (thin air = less lift), and with five people in the gondola, what gives?
 
2019-03-26 11:05:08 AM  

champu: Riding in a hot air balloon is fun, I've done it several times.

Landing in one looks awful though, I've no interest in doing that.


How did you do the former several times without doing the latter?  Have them fly low over a body of water and bail out?
 
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2019-03-26 12:24:42 PM  
Love to try it but most balloons don't have actual seats. At least in hang gliders, paragliders, and most every other flying contraption, you don't have to stand the whole time.

/except the ultralight ballon where the pilot straddles a small LP tank. Want one.
 
2019-03-26 05:27:00 PM  
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It is balloon!

You're welcome.
 
2019-03-26 10:27:55 PM  

flondrix: champu: Riding in a hot air balloon is fun, I've done it several times.

Landing in one looks awful though, I've no interest in doing that.

How did you do the former several times without doing the latter?  Have them fly low over a body of water and bail out?


That kinda sounds like it could be fun too, but no. All my hot air balloon rides were for the purpose of skydiving from them.
 
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