Happy (Belated) Birthday to Kerith!

For my 27th birthday, back in November (yes, way back when), Jay got me a certificate for a hot air balloon ride. Why a hot air balloon?  I had put in on our first 3-year list back in 2010, and Jay decided to make my whim a reality. I can’t remember why I put it on the list. Maybe I had just re-watched “The Wizard of Oz”.

We decided to do a morning flight and instead of going in the dead of winter, we waited until warmer temperatures. Unfortunately, because of inclement weather, we had to reschedule two times, but it was definitely worth the wait!

We woke up at 4am on a Friday morning and headed out to meet our crew and watch them set up the balloon.

We were surprised that a 60ft balloon fit in that bag!
It was really neat seeing the set-up process. Several neighbors came out to watch also!
Getting the hot air in!

Almost ready for our ride!
Looking straight up into the balloon. 
One thing to know about me- I am very, very scared of heights. Not a huge fan of rollercoasters, got cold sweats on a ferris wheel, and here I am in a hot air balloon, 3500 feet above ground! I was able to contain my fear, but it was pretty nerve-wracking at first. Especially because the basket is so small, so the slightest shift in position feels like the basket is going to tip. After about 30 minutes, I was able to get over my fear and actually enjoy the view. (I just made sure to not look down) 
If you look really, really closely, you can see the Philly skyline in the lower left quarter.
Yup, that’s us!
On the way down, I asked the pilot where he landed, and he said “wherever I see  a spot.” So we ended up landing in this very nice family’s yard. There was a 87- year old lady who came out and was watching us, and as we came down, the pilot asked if she wanted a ride. So we hovered a few feet above the ground, Jay & I hopped out, while she hopped in and got a ride to the driveway. She had so much fun and you could just see the joy in her face. Made my day!
Overall, a fun adventure, but I was happy to have my feet back on solid ground.

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