Well, after a few times crewing for Michael Hill he offered to take me up in the balloon. I have never been up in a hot air balloon and I was pretty happy about the chance to do that. I had the chance to bring Martha along and she was really excited about the opportunity.

We headed out at 5:30 am to head to Castlerock to meet Michael Hill. When we arrived we helped to set up everything and get the balloon prepped for takeoff.

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Martha brought her head gear on loan from her father, I am sure he will get a kick out of the flight helmet in use.

With the setup done, Michael inflated the balloon and we were on our way!

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Martha was a bit excited about the experience

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Michael was as well

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After about an hour of flight we found a good place to touch down. A dirt road to the east of Castlerock served as a perfect landing place. We had acquired a few chasers by then and touched down with plenty of help.

Ballooning with Martha and Michael

In addition we had a 150lbs welcoming committee.

Ballooning with Martha and Michael

Ballooning with Martha and Michael

Ballooning with Martha and Michael

Wow that was a fun time, it really is peaceful up there and you get a really interesting look at the world below. I definitely suggest trying it out! Big thanks to Michael Hill!