Yesterday was a fun-filled day.
We hung around home until just past noon - taking care of business and allowing Wendy to perform her dog walking job duties, then we took off for another swim. We have done more pool hopping this year than the last couple years combined.
This time we headed over to Mrs. K's house - Mark's preschool teacher and a longtime friend. Mark was excited to see the class pets again and give his teacher a big hug. He was a bit end of the day moody when I wanted to take a picture and his antics were making us laugh. He even dared to pull his long time absent yawn tactic out of the bag. You want my picture? YAWN.
Watching the clock, we headed home in time to meet my sister (she's staying with my dad for a month) and in time to make some coffee and dinner.
And then we headed out for some ballooning. (To check out the Kaleidoscope's facebook page - click here)
I had forgotten to tell Terri (my sister) to put on closed toe boots or shoes before she headed over, so it was a good thing that she and Wendy wear about the same size. She put on Wendy's volleyball shoes. She needed them.
There she goes!
Later in the evening we decided that we're going to x out the may on the trailer and just leave the 'we be lost' More fitting.
Although we did manage to keep a pretty good eye on the Kaleidoscope for a good 90% of the flight.
It was a beautiful flight.
And they say the landing went well too. George and I wouldn't know.
We saw where Jerry landed, and we could catch glimpses of Denny through the trees - but for the life of us, we couldn't figure out how to get there. We drove around the big country block twice and then managed to pull in a few people who were able to give us some suggestions and assistance.
I didn't time it, but if I had to guess - I'd say it took us just over a half hour to find Denny after he landed. Check out the map below and you'll see why. Click on it for a closer view to be even more impressed.
The large red dot in the field represents where Denny landed. The smaller red dot on the road represents the access point to that spot. The street/subdivision on the right is where Jerry landed and where we could see Denny from.
At one point a local resident told us that there was a swamp between us and Denny from the north side, so we radioed to Denny not to put down - that we'd have to walk him out if we ever found him, and he radioed back - "Too late"
FINALLY - with thanks to locals and balloon crew for the Double Yellow out of Grand Rapids and dog treats to get by the Pit Bull, we found my sister and Denny and look - they didn't even need us anyway. They got that whole big balloon all deflated and wrapped up without us.
In a fun small world coincidence, when the land owners showed up and rode out on the golf cart - the guy says, hey - I recognize that trailer - I DID that trailer (just a couple weeks ago - the balloon and wording was added to the side of the trailer). He was the owner of Sign Works. What are the chances, right? The world gets smaller all the time.
What a trip.
My sister was officially initiated.
As for today -
I'm not really minding the grey and rainy. Going to enjoy a nice cozy day at home getting some more things crossed off my to do lists before bringing Wendy in for an eye appointment. She's about the age that Allan began needing glasses, and while she's not showing signs that her vision is bad - her eyes have been bothering her the last ten or so days (feeling the need to squeeze them shut, a lot of blinking) and she's been getting a few headaches. Worthy of at least a check up I figured.