My Hot Air Balloon Tour: Up, up and away......

Trip Start Mar 10, 2011
Trip End Mar 28, 2011

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Flag of Turkey  , Cappadocia,
Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 8 (dawn)

Temperature:   8 degrees
Weather:  grey & blue sky                    

I trembled with joy, I could have yelled loudly as up, up and away, my beautiful balloon rose.  I was totally fearless and an exquisite feeling of total joy was felt as I greatly devoured my spectacular panoramic surroundings.  Looking down, the people became smaller and smaller.  History was being made here; I was having my very first "Hot Air Balloon", ride!  Hip, hip, hurrah!  Michel stood right next to me feeling normal as ever!

My once in a lifetime hot air balloon tour over Cappadocia's unique region took me over numerous valleys and rock formations throughout this dramatic volcanic landscape which formed the region over two million years ago!   And to think that I was here on this very clear day drifting effortless way above it!  From where I stood, what a fantastic view I had!  We were taken where the experienced lady pilot took us, where the wind blew us, and at some point, rose way up to 1200 feet in the air.  Incredible!  Weather wise, it was quite comfortable; the wind wasn’t that cold. 

Due to the many clouds, unfortunately the sunrise couldn’t be seen but at least it wasn’t raining as previously forecasted, but most importantly, my tour wasn’t cancelled.   I couldn’t be any happier.  In the horizon, many other hot air balloons flew.  There must have been at least fifty of them convincing me that I wasn’t the only crazy and wild person around here, aside from Michel of course! 

As the ride continued, the lady pilot gently descended over the valleys and caves as the wind dictated her, allowing us to take fantastic photos of these fairy-chimneys landscapes.  At one point, a huge pink hot air balloon flew right underneath us as we gazed in astonishment! 

Our flight took approximately one hour, one hour full of fun and greatly enjoyed!  An appropriate landing site was eventually identified by the pilot and then the descent towards the ground started.  

High in the air, I could see the ground crew running like little ants in the open yellowish field below....   Electrical wires were really close......   From where I stood in the basket, it appeared that we were heading in the direction of the electrical posts!.....AHHHHHH!

Monique     :-)

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