Jay Lake (jaylake) wrote,
Jay Lake
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[photos|travel] The somewhat delayed balloon launch post

Finally it can be told. Or more to the point, finally I have the time (and bandwidth) to tell it.

Wednesday of last week, I went out to the Sarpy County Fairgrounds in Springfield, Nebraska with [info]elusivem and [info]garyomaha. Our goal was to fly [info]elusivem's hot air balloon with me as passenger.

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[info]elusivem his own self.

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[info]garyomaha likewise.

We were met there by [info]elusivem's father and brother for ground crew, and joined shortly thereafter by [info]msrotundo, Mrs. [info]msrotundo, TH and Dr. C. As it happens, this is pretty much the usual Omaha Beach Party crowd. We were just meeting in a field in small town Nebraska instead of at Zio's Pizzeria in town.

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[info]elusivem's brother.

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[info]msrotundo

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Mrs. [info]msrotundo

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TH.

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Dr. C.

Another balloon was already present, being set up by the pilot, Steve Lacroix of Scenic Wind Balloon Tours, his co-pilot, and a ground crewman who happens to be one of the most experienced balloon pilots in the US — Rich Jaworski of Euphoria Balloons, who holds world endurance ballooning records.

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Our balloon's basket was dragged bodily from the trailer, and set-up commenced.

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The balloon was itself set up.

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But we never inflated, due to a rising wind. The neighbors gave up, then we did too.

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Eventually, everyone went off for Mexican food.

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I'll be back in Omaha the week of 5/23. We'll see what happens then with the weather and the sky. Even though we never got off the ground last week, it was a lot of fun.

Photos © 2011, Joseph E. Lake, Jr.

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Tags: ballooning, cool, food, friends, nebraska, photos, travel
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