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This picture was actually taken from the camera mounted on our Global Ballooning balloon. Brian had control of taking the pictures. Being as this is in essense advertising for them, I don't think they mind I posted it! We learned that the direction of the balloon can only be controlled up and down. And, it can be turned but all other direction is at the discretion of the wind. Brian turned us around to where we faced the sun and then had us all "smile for the camera"!
Seeing the edge of our balloon and one of our sister balloons high above us presented a great photo op! Yep, we were on our way down by now. I really wanted to stay up longer... it was so peaceful, but, alas, it was time to descend.
On the left of the photo, just below center, is the lake near where we launched. Looking closely, the edge of our launch area is visible just under the ground fog.
Off in the distance, we could see another set of balloons in the sky. We didn't ask but it is possible they too were Global Ballooning. We had seen them rising some 2-3 miles away earlier. We had also seen balloons over Melbourne which was about an hour's drive away. I have no clue as to how far that would be in "as the crow flies" sense.
Once the basket was on the trailer, Brian "pulled the appropriate strings" (pun intended) to let the heat out and allow the balloon to begin its collapse.