ballooning

My mother is a wonderful person. Anyone can make the case for how their mother is excellent, and they are all relative to our own personalities, situations, and worldviews. So, in honor of her birthday, we wanted to get her something. But my mother is an extremely hard person to buy for. If she needs something? She'll go out, spend a well-budgeted amount of money, and supply her well-kept household and wardrobe with said item. She's neither extravagant nor cheap. 

Therefore, gift-giving is difficult. 

As this was the last birthday my family could celebrate in the states (they moved to Guam not a month later) we wanted to make it big. 

Therefore, we sent her and dad on a hot air balloon ride. 

Best. Idea. Ever. 

 

Of course, we had to arrive at an absurd hour, but the fog and the sunrise were a perfect backdrop to the colorful balloon. 

Of course, we had to arrive at an absurd hour, but the fog and the sunrise were a perfect backdrop to the colorful balloon. 

In order to actually blow the enormous thing up, they have 2 gas-powered industrial fans to start filling it with air. 

In order to actually blow the enormous thing up, they have 2 gas-powered industrial fans to start filling it with air. 

When you're this little, you don't care about getting up at 5am to go watch a hot air balloon.

When you're this little, you don't care about getting up at 5am to go watch a hot air balloon.

Getting more nearly full...

Getting more nearly full...

Time to add  fire!

Time to add fire!

Lots of fire. 

Lots of fire. 

Because my dad is a 6'3" bear, they used him to ensure that the balloon didn't fly away. 

Because my dad is a 6'3" bear, they used him to ensure that the balloon didn't fly away. 

Very enthusiastic. 

Very enthusiastic. 

The prettiest floating lantern I ever did see.

The prettiest floating lantern I ever did see.

And they're off!

And they're off!

The FAA lists ballooning as the safest form of flight. Probably travel too. 

The FAA lists ballooning as the safest form of flight. Probably travel too. 

I'm the most romantic person I know. 

I'm the most romantic person I know. 

They didn't stay up very long as there was literally no wind and they didn't want to risk landing on the train tracks, but they did get a gorgeous panorama shot of the Nebraska skyline. 

They didn't stay up very long as there was literally no wind and they didn't want to risk landing on the train tracks, but they did get a gorgeous panorama shot of the Nebraska skyline.