Sunday evening we met at Walmart and headed out to find a launching spot for our second flight. It ended up being a hurry up and wait night - it took a long while for the winds to die down.
We're all business while we wait
After a long day at Greenfield Village, I thought I'd take a quick moment for a cat nap. Once I got down to the ground, it occured to me I had a fun new angle for photos. After taking ballooning photos for four years now - I'm on the hunt for the new angles. The team is thrilled.
Once we got the balloon in the sky, I very nearly had them drop me back off at my van as we had enough crew. (Three crew members plus the pilot is our norm) I called home and all was well so I what the hecked it and decided to stay put.
Turns out that was a good thing. They needed all hands for this one.
By law we have to be out of the sky by sunset, and they made it - with two minutes to spare. But really? Way back there??
I'm standing at the corner of the cemetery on Argentine and we're chatting with the farmer about how we're going to get that balloon out. He suggests that Denny pop back up and fly over the tree line and get a little closer to Argentine but away from his corn crop on the other side of the trees.
That's not possible. One - Balloons don't steer and Two - It was now past sunset.
The farmer then said that while he doesn't recommend it as the ground is still kinda soft - we could drive down the edge of the wheat, don't do any doughnuts, and maybe that would work. Just turn left by the big tree and follow the line.
I really didn't want to lug that balloon out though, so we did end up driving back there, with two of us walking lead to look for soft spots.
We finally reached Laura. You're doing great Laura. Keep up the good work!
Hey guys - seems we've seen you at a few landings now. They know the drill.
This was the first time that I really utilized that flashlight app on my phone. We struggled a bit finding all our parts in the dark.
It's looking to be an adventurous season.