Jill surprised me with a 2-hour Hot Air Balloon Ride over Park City for my 50th Birthday today!
It was spectacular!
The weather was perfect, the scenery gorgeous, and the fall colors out in all their glory. The company was pretty good as well - thanks Jill!
I can recommend the folks who took care of us. The pilot was professional and experienced, and the ground crew fun, helpful, and friendly.
It took the entire morning - including driving to/from Park City - but a very worthwhile experience. They also use this same balloon to go over Bryce Canyon - I think I just added something else to my list.
I brought along the big Nikon camera to capture some of what we saw and experienced today. Here are the results:
Now using the propane to get lift into the Balloon
Shadow of the balloon just taking off
The Honda Element and the Chase Vehicle
The town of Park City, UT - home of the 2002 Olympics
My beautiful wife looking at the scenery
Colorful Fall Foliage
Looking down at another balloon - and the Cell Tower hill in Park City
Can you spot the plane flying below us?
Soccer players warming up in the early morning light
Coming close to the ground to observe wildlife
We saw this Coyote from the Balloon
Herd of Elk
Other Balloon above Park City
Coming into land in the sagebrush east of Park City near I-80
Down on the ground
Deer Creek Reservoir and the back side of Timpanogos
Back side of Mt. Timpanogos with Fall Foliage
The front side of Mt. Timpanogos from our front yard
Our Front Yard in the Fall when we returned home