A Surprise in the Garden


June GardenEarly yesterday morning, Ruby and I were out having a little coffee and  enjoying a quick tour of the new blooms in the garden…UNTIL……

Roxie--our other Australian Shepherd– interrupted our composure with incessant barking and barking and barking…

What now?

a deer?

a cyclist?

Hopefully not the black bear that was spotted nearby (Read HERE)

NO!  Something worse…

June Garden

A beautiful hot air balloon from Stillwater Balloons or Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloons.

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air Balloon

For some reason, hot air balloons drive my dogs crazy!

Hot Air Balloon

Notice the passenger’s message to the photographer below!

Hot Air Balloon

Hot Air BalloonI’ve never been on a hot air balloon ride.  Maybe someday…but only if I can bring my camera!

What about YOU?  Ever been up in a hot air balloon?

I’d love to hear…


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60 thoughts on “A Surprise in the Garden

  1. My dog hated them too when we lived in Germany and there was always a lot going overhead on a clear day. I was lucky enough to travel in one in Kenya over the Masai Mara and land for breakfast. Nearby there was a pile of bones which had been eaten by something… Needless to say I put myself on lion watch!! We were also watched by some wild dogs as we ate breakfast!! It is amazing travelling in a hot air balloon and the landing is such fun.

  2. Lori, I’ve had two hot air balloon rides, once in Egypt over the valley of the kings, and the second time was over the desert in Jordan. I used to be scared of heights but I wanted to do this so much that I conquered it (well most of the time!) Both of them were spectacular, and I felt very safe with well qualified and experienced pilots both times. A good pilot will take you really high to get amazing views, and then bring the balloon really low – in Egypt we just skimmed the tops of the sugar cane crops! But it is important to get a good, qualified pilot, ballon flights have become so much more popular over the last few years and there have been a few accidents. Lola.

  3. Yes I have had a balloon ride and it was amazing beyond words! What struck me is the difference of sound/noises above. It was very relaxing. Just felt so close to the heavens and at the same time see God’s green earth below. The final surprise was the landing…you don’t necessarily have a soft landing as you imagine! I’d do it again.

  4. I haven’t had a ride in one but have attended the “glow” some festivals have the night before all launch the next morning. We also helped follow on roads thru the forest near us as a ballooneer got lost ( is that a word? LOL). He came down into the trees. We connected with him and gave him a ride back to town to his car. i am staying on the ground… 🙂 Quilting is more fun.

  5. Off subject, but I have been wondering if Lori, or anyone else, actually saw the spectacular aurora borealis over Minnesota a few nights ago? They showed photos on TV news here.

  6. We just had our balloon stampede about a month ago, I adore hot air balloons. I have been on one, and I totally recommend it! It was an amazing experience, the silence and stillness of the world (our balloons tend to launch at 6:30am) and the clarity of the air was fantastic. They highly suggested I bring my camera along, and I’m glad I had it with me that morning, as it was a completely unplanned event, we were in the right place at the right time! I hope you get to go soon!

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