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Friday, October 10, 2008

Fri Chase and Accident

Here are a few photos of Thurs. evenings Special Shape Glowdeo.By now you probably have heard about the fatal accident at the Fiesta. While with our chase crew we saw it dangling from the power line and then break free. I caught it flying away. If you are interested about reading about it I found an article at http://www.lcsun-news.com/. There were several hard landings today, but our balloons both landed safely. It was interesting that they try very hard to stay out of the Indian Reservations with surround Albuquerque. If one lands in one you have to call for permission to enter and get an escort just as you would if landing on a military base. Our driver in our chase vehicle thought our balloon the bee had landed on reservation land as it was just outside their casino. We were part of a chase crew for a couple who had two balloons, she piloted the bee and he piloted the clown. We started at the launch site with the bee and ended up loading up the clown. The lady dressed up as a zebra is a launch director, they give the OK or thumbs up for the balloon to take off from the site. All the directors dress differently but all in striped zebra outfits. It takes two years to learn to be a zebra. We have learned a lot about this dangerous sport of ballooning, but we both still want to go up in one.
It was windy tonight so this evenings glow was canceled. The weather forecast for the weekend isn't looking good either, more wind and rain.
Balloonist's Prayer
The Winds have welcomed you with softness.
The Sun has blessed you with its warm hands.
You have flown so high and so well,
that God has joined you in your laughter,
and set you gently back again
into the loving arms of Mother Earth

1 comment:

ann said...

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