Steamboat Springs, CO 1982
When I was in my thirties, I lived in Denver, CO and then Salt Lake City, UT. It was in Denver that I was introduced to the wonderful sport of Hot Air Ballooning. A friend and I decided to go watch a ballooning event. Someone told us to take gloves along and we may be able to join a chase crew (the ground crew who follow the balloons and help them inflate, deflate and pack up).
Frederick, CO 1982
We were in luck. Someone asked us to help out with the inflation of a balloon and wonder of wonders, we were given a ride as a thank you! That was all it took. I was hooked! Along with a ride in a glider and learning to ski, ballooning was on my "Things to do before age forty" list. There were more things, but those were the biggies. And, there I was, floating in a gentle giant, over the earth and at the whim of the wind. It was awesome!
Near Longmont, CO 1982
Before long, I was meeting my new ballooning friends nearly every weekend morning (before dawn) to crew for them. Then, one day one of them asked me if I wanted to learn to fly one. Whoa! I was so excited I could hardly stand myself! Over time, I got enough hours in (yes, you need an FAA license and so many hours and a solo flight) to take my pilot's test. I passed! Wow! No way would I ever be able to afford my own balloon, but friends were gracious enough to let me fly with them. It was such an experience! I'll share more of my ballooning stories in future blogs.
Do you have a Bucket List? Are you checking things off one-by-one? What's next on your list?