The Promised LandPosted: May 14, 2008
With a hot air balloon pilot by the name of Moses guiding us – how could we fail?
The pre-launch preparations took about 30 minutes – a pretty much ‘hurry up and wait’ event as giant fans filled the massive balloon with air. Then within a span of about 30 seconds 8 of us scrambled into the wicker style basket that would be our home for the next hour or so.
After the initial heart-pounding ‘shock and awe’ of launch and jolting blasts of hot air from the propane burners – we soon settled into the indescribable beauty, exhilaration and tranquility of flight.
Time stood still as we absorbed and marveled at the magnificent serenity of the moment and the lush landscape below. Moses had delivered to us, sweeping vistas of Waterloo Region . . . the ‘promised land’.
Our journey soon came to a fitting ecumenical end as we landed safely in the barren corn field of a welcoming Mennonite family.
Thanks for the great Christmas gift kids!
Photo: M. Redfearn