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Anonymous

March 2010

There's nothing prettier than a multi-colored balloon sailing over a beautiful landscape with a sunrise for light. - March 2010

Global Balloon

There's nothing prettier than a multi-colored balloon sailing over a beautiful landscape with a sunrise for light.

Anonymous

March 2010

We'd been picked up at our hotel in downtown Melbourne around 4:20am! ARRRGH! Everyone met at Rochford Winery, checked in, selected from the breakfast options and then were transported to ...  - March 2010

Connecting Balloon to Gondola (Basket)

We'd been picked up at our hotel in downtown Melbourne around 4:20am! ARRRGH! Everyone met at Rochford Winery, checked in, selected from the breakfast options and then were transported to "launch pad". There were 3 balloons going up. Each held 16 passengers plus the pilot. Now at the launch pad, our pilot (Brian) and another ground crew member connected the balloon to the basket! Brian definitely wanted to be sure he returned softly to the ground! That was good for us!

Anonymous

March 2010

Now all connected to the basket, the balloon needed to have air in it. The ground crew set up a huge fan on either side of the gondola. Brian asked for volunteers to hold the balloon so it could ...  - March 2010

Getting Air Into The Balloon

Now all connected to the basket, the balloon needed to have air in it. The ground crew set up a huge fan on either side of the gondola. Brian asked for volunteers to hold the balloon so it could capture the air. Several folks volunteered. He picked the first two who came forward. We didn't volunteer as we wanted to take pictures and video!

Anonymous

March 2010

Note that the basket is on its side. After some time spent "fanning" air into the balloon, Brian hit the burner to heat the air. That, in turn, gave the air in the balloon a reason to ...  - March 2010

Getting The Balloon Off the Ground

Note that the basket is on its side. After some time spent "fanning" air into the balloon, Brian hit the burner to heat the air. That, in turn, gave the air in the balloon a reason to rise off the ground... and, at the same time to lift the basket to an upright position.

Anonymous

March 2010

The basket had openings on the sides and we learned those were to use as footholds to climb in. Tom and I were the last to get in and in so doing, we managed to get a corner. Four couples had ...  - March 2010

All Passengers (and the pilot) Aboard

The basket had openings on the sides and we learned those were to use as footholds to climb in. Tom and I were the last to get in and in so doing, we managed to get a corner. Four couples had corners, two other couples were in between on either side of the pilot. The support ground crew folks were trluly accommadating in taking pictures of folks with their own cameras, thus this picture! That's Tom & me in the middle.

Anonymous

March 2010

As previously mentioned, there were three balloons going up this morning. From what we could determine, our pilot was the "chief" pilot and we were first up. What a delight to be able to ...  - March 2010

Looking Back Down at the "Launch Pad"

As previously mentioned, there were three balloons going up this morning. From what we could determine, our pilot was the "chief" pilot and we were first up. What a delight to be able to look down and see our two sister balloons rising below us.

Anonymous

March 2010

Of the three balloons in our group, I truly believe we had the prettiest! Of course, I'm a fan of multi-color balloons. We've always been in awe of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and were totally ...  - March 2010

Inside our Beautiful Balloon

Of the three balloons in our group, I truly believe we had the prettiest! Of course, I'm a fan of multi-color balloons. We've always been in awe of the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and were totally delighted to take our first ever balloon flight in a nation almost half-way around the world! Perhaps we'll one day actually get to Albuquerque and fly in one of the balloons during the festival there!

Anonymous

March 2010

WOW! is the only word that came to mind. There was ground fog over the moist areas. The air was so still. The only sounds were the occasional "blast" of heat from the burner to keep us ...  - March 2010

Sunrise Over the Yarra Valley

WOW! is the only word that came to mind. There was ground fog over the moist areas. The air was so still. The only sounds were the occasional "blast" of heat from the burner to keep us aloft and, from the ground, the crowing of roosters and bleeting of sheep. One of the most peaceful experiences I can ever recall. We were VERY fortunate to travel with 14 other folks who weren't "chatty". Everyone truly appreciated the beauty above and below.

Anonymous

March 2010

Looking down at one of the other two balloons that came up shortly after we did. Hopefully, one of the folks from that balloon will also post some of their pictures that will include our balloon. - March 2010

One of Our "Sister" Balloons

Looking down at one of the other two balloons that came up shortly after we did. Hopefully, one of the folks from that balloon will also post some of their pictures that will include our balloon.

Anonymous

March 2010

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 ...  - March 2010

A Basket Full

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"!

Anonymous

March 2010

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 ...  - March 2010

Multiple Balloons

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.

Anonymous

March 2010

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. - March 2010

Over the Yarra Valley

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.

Anonymous

March 2010

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 ...  - March 2010

Another Set of Balloons

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.

Anonymous

March 2010

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. - March 2010

Opening The Envelope

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.

Anonymous

March 2010

As our balloon was going through its deflating process, we saw one of the other balloons land. It landed on the ground, passengers got off then the pilot raised it a bit and the passengers and ...  - March 2010

Sister Balloons Also Coming In

As our balloon was going through its deflating process, we saw one of the other balloons land. It landed on the ground, passengers got off then the pilot raised it a bit and the passengers and ground crew member guided it onto its trailer. We were SO proud of our pilot Brian!

Anonymous

March 2010

We all climbed out of the basket and then the full deflation began. All passengers helped to "squish" the air out. No, it wasn't necessary for passengers to help, however, we all wanted to ...  - March 2010

Every Trip Has a Deflating Portion

We all climbed out of the basket and then the full deflation began. All passengers helped to "squish" the air out. No, it wasn't necessary for passengers to help, however, we all wanted to be part of the whole event. It just wouldn't be as much fun, nor would we have truly appreciated the dynamics of balloon fliying had we not participated!

Anonymous

March 2010

WHEW! We did it! We got all the air out of the balloon. The next step was to roll it up and get it back into its trailer traveling bag! - March 2010

Balloon All "Squished"

WHEW! We did it! We got all the air out of the balloon. The next step was to roll it up and get it back into its trailer traveling bag!

Anonymous

March 2010

What a fabulous flight! We're safely back on the ground and all our "toys" are packed up and ready to go! If Melbourne wasn't some 30 hours of travel time in each direction, I'd go again ...  - March 2010

YIPPEE! Safely Back on Terra Firma

What a fabulous flight! We're safely back on the ground and all our "toys" are packed up and ready to go! If Melbourne wasn't some 30 hours of travel time in each direction, I'd go again tomorrow! NOTE: This photo was taken by Global Ballooning and was on the CD we purchased. At A$35, the CD was expensive, however, the pictures from the day were in "jpg" and not copy protected. There is also a video that was made late last year.

Anonymous

March 2010

Looking down, we can see our "chase" vehicles, aka ground crew, anxiously anticipating our arrival. - March 2010

Balloon Chase Vehicles

Looking down, we can see our "chase" vehicles, aka ground crew, anxiously anticipating our arrival.

Anonymous

March 2010

A very clear shadow of our balloon as we descend. - March 2010

Descending Shadow

A very clear shadow of our balloon as we descend.

Anonymous

March 2010

Again, the talent and experience of our pilot Brian showed off! - March 2010

Our Chase Vehicle Awaits

Again, the talent and experience of our pilot Brian showed off!

Anonymous

March 2010

When we arrived back at Rochford Winery, trays of champagne were awaiting us! - March 2010

Celebratory Champagne

When we arrived back at Rochford Winery, trays of champagne were awaiting us!

Anonymous

March 2010

We had several options for breakfast including a "Full Aussie Breakfast." - March 2010

Setting for Our Champagne Breakfast

We had several options for breakfast including a "Full Aussie Breakfast."

Anonymous

March 2010

Yep! I chose the "Full Aussie Breakfast"! - March 2010

Full Aussie Breakfast

Yep! I chose the "Full Aussie Breakfast"!

Anonymous

April 2009

Getting ready to fly - April 2009

April 21st 2009

Getting ready to fly
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