On the 5th of
June 2006 my mum, brother-in-law and I took to the sky in a hot air
balloon, this was actually my mums 50th birthday present but of course
some one had to go with her! This was the first time for all of us
in a hot air balloon and I can tell you it was a great experience,
it was quiet, graceful and it felt totally safe! (Different from looking
off a high building or bridge.)
The balloon took 12 people plus Matthew the pilot, an unlucky number
but it all went well apart from landing quite close to some 32Kv
We all had to help unpack the balloon and inflate it at the start
and also deflate it and pack it away at the end, you may think this
sounds like a chore but it was actually quite fun and interesting!
We took off from a large school field in Handcross at about 7.30pm
and blew 10 miles to Billingshurst, this took about an hour. At
some points of the flight we were quite high and at others we were
just clearing the tree tops, we went right over Horsham and Southwater
- if you see an aerial picture of your house please feel free to
print it out!
We had a fairly smooth landing, just left a 20 foot skid mark in
the grass where the basket skidded across the ground, after we had
packed the balloon away and loaded it on the back of the trailer
we went off to have our complimentary champagne.
We booked this flight with "The
British School of Ballooning" it was well worth the money
and I'd love to go again!