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Sunday, September 30, 2012

I had a lot of fun yesterday, although it was a VERY long day. You see it all started about 3:30 in the morning when we got up and drove approximately two hours and one Starbucks Chai Latte (venti of course) later. We missed the turn to the place where we were meeting for the hot air balloon tour. Check in was from 5:30 - 5:45 (actually until just after 6 AM). For those of you who don't know me, I'm the original night owl. Well, I used to be anyway and getting up at the time I often get to sleep made for a restless, unsettled night even with trying to get to bed earlier.

After check in we got a balloon assignments and then walked through a vineyard to get to the launch area. It was an absolutely beautiful morning for it too. The temp was in the upper 60's low 70's before dawn. Yeah, I was up and moving before the sun, hence the Starbucks run.

As they were slowly filling the 3 balloons, they took pictures of all those going on the trip in both the balloon group and individual group pictures both outside and inside the balloon. There we mostly couples going on this trip aka no kids.

Then we climbed into the basket (more photos), then we took to the sky. It was a very gentle rise and the basket/platform was very stable. We rose slowly into the sky and we were off. Surprisingly my fear (of falling from a height onto my head never materialized. I was too busy looking at everything to be scared I guess.

It was spectacular to say the least. We had the crystal blue sky with just enough white puffy clouds to form an accent. At one point there were 16 balloons in the sky. I'll post a link to my husband's flckr page for those who want to see some pics from the flight. It lasted about an hour or so, but felt much longer. We drifted up and down as our pilot guided us over the Temecula valley floor. To change direction we would go up and down in altitude as the winds went different directions with the different altitude levels.

Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. It is a little pricy for an hour in the air, but it the entire experience took about 4 hours at a guess. We were home by 10:30 AM and took a nap before getting on with the rest of the day, which was spent mostly relaxing as we were still tired. Slept like a log last night for the first time in a long time.

Hope everyone had a great and fun day too!

10 things I am grateful for.

1. I am healthy enough to be able to try new things (like hot air ballooning).
2. I have a husband who is willing to try new things with me.
3. I have finished my 500,000 step challenge for summer.
4. I am able to walk said steps.
5. I have the support of my friends on Spark People.
6. That I found Spark People in 2007.
7. I have a steady (if often boring) job.
8. I can read (and enjoy it)
9. My husband encourages me in anything I want to do.
10. I am finally living my life rather than waiting for when I...
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