Part 1: Up, up and away
I thought my hair was going to catch fire. But then, it’s not called hot air ballooning for nothing.
Before we left the ground I was cold and regretted not wearing mittens, but quickly warmed from head to toe as propane-fueled flames heated the air inside the huge balloon.
I can’t say that flying beneath a giant balloon was something I’ve always wanted to do, but it was definitely on my list of 100 things to do before I die. So when I got an invitation from Sundance Balloons I jumped at the chance. All of my fellow reporters were too scared of heights anyway.
My friend Lindsay Fleming and I met eight other passengers at Carleton University, the launch point for our flight around 3:15 p.m. on a cool October afternoon.
To read the entire story of my hot air ballooning adventure, click here.
Below is an amature video I made of the flight, with clips from Lindsay and myself. Enjoy!
Feel free to leave your comments and questions below – I always love feedback. And please check back next week for the second part of my feature series, a story about when I took the controls of a Cessna 150 plane somewhere over the Ottawa River.