AROUND THE ALPS IN EIGHTY MINUTES

When Mr. Man was given the gift of a balloon ride by his co-workers for his 50th birthday I was immediately transported back in time to my eleven-year-old bedroom. I could see myself lying in bed, pillow fluffed behind my head and reading Jules Verne’s “Around the World in Eighty Days.”  Captivated by Phileas Fogg’s flight in a hot air balloon with his valet Passpartout, the dream of one day circumnavigating the earth with my manservant took root.
Almost forty-five years later my fantasy materialized – maybe not the traveling completely around the world part, but certainly living the rest of the dream…

Expecting to arrive and immediately take off into the wild blue yonder, we, including two other couples, were duly informed that we needed to pitch in with blowing up the thing. Hmmmmm…

222656_1535916177121_7325253_nThankfully, they had a machine for that

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 Hey! What happened to all the rainbow colored ones?
I guess black and white is what you get when a newspaper uses you to advertise.
ALL ABOARD…

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HIT THE GAS

208197_1535918937190_4054323_nAND WE HAVE LIFT OFF
up, Up, UP and away…PicMonkey Collage.jpgHOLY SCHLAMOLY!
We are standing in a basket
– A WICKER BASKET –
TWO MILES above the ground

PicMonkey Collage.jpgThe silence, as well as the stunning beauty, is overwhelmingPicMonkey Collage.jpgEighty minutes passes quickly and it is time to begin the descentPicMonkey Collage.jpg“Ach, du lieber Hilde! Vot is dat?”
“Mooooove over Bertha – I can’t see!”
“Hey, you guys – I sink dat is bahhloon!”PicMonkey Collage.jpgOnce we are well past giving the local livestock a scare,
it’s touch down, deflate, and time to pack up that monstrous, bulbous orb
into
a
little,
nylon
shopping bagPicMonkey Collage.jpgThank you to everyone for an unforgettable gift
and
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. MAN208597_1535925497354_734924_nThanks for making my dream come true too.

About Donna Gwinnell Lambo-Weidner

I am an adventure seeking ponderer of the mysteries of the universe, writer of children's books (represented by Stephen Fraser of the Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency), and lover of anything involving armor, archery, or swashbuckling.
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22 Responses to AROUND THE ALPS IN EIGHTY MINUTES

  1. How cool! Beautiful photos and great memories :-).

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  2. I heard people talk about the silence up in the air. Amazing flight, great pictures!

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  3. Jane English says:

    so neat that you got that balloon ride. Back when I was a pilot giving commercial balloon rides I insisted that people speak of “inflating” the balloon, rather than “blowing it up”

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  4. Great job of putting 80 minutes into 80 seconds……this looks exhilarating!

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  5. Lyn says:

    Oh, that is something I have always wanted to do! How wonderful for you and Mr Man. LOL just imagine if you actually did have to blow it up…the usual way…”Well honey, that was a great way to celebrate your 90th birthday.” 😀
    Great memories Donna and great photos!

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  6. vic says:

    Whoa! Just looking out that little “window” made me nervous! I’m glad you guys enjoyed it (and I’m not surprised either) but that’s not for me – even baby steps…it would have to be like ant steps.
    Oh yeah, I agree, it would have been a lot cooler with a colorful balloon. Hey…why don’t you use your new photoshop abilities to fix that?

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  7. Tracey says:

    Awesome Donna! On my bucket list!

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