Ballooning is fun

Saturday, April 5, 2008 by Jafo | Discussion: WinCustomize Talk

20080405...about 8am.... a couple of thousand feet above Melbourne.

Terry's 50th birthday....

If you ever get the chance to go hot-air ballooning....go for it.....loads of fun....only downer is the God-awful early rise....

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Bichur
Reply #1 Saturday, April 5, 2008 12:21 PM
...only downer is the God-awful early rise....


or the occasional God-awful drop back to earth
Bichur
Reply #2 Saturday, April 5, 2008 12:25 PM
nice shot though...


always wanted to take a ride, but I want to do it in the desert somewhere - not from close to town
zakai1369
Reply #3 Saturday, April 5, 2008 1:25 PM
Great picture Jafo.

Haven't been in a balloon since I was a kid. Need to do it again someday.
Xiandi
Reply #4 Saturday, April 5, 2008 7:15 PM
Awesome photo. I've never been in a balloon. It looks like it would be kinda fun and scary at the same time.    Were you up there very long?
Jafo
Reply #5 Saturday, April 5, 2008 8:17 PM

Timing was...

5.am Wake up.

5.15  final phone-in to check it was on [weather].

6.30 meet [at the Hilton]

7.15 take-off

9.15 managed to land [second go]

11.00 back at Hilton....champagne breakfast, etc...

Jafo
Reply #6 Saturday, April 5, 2008 9:47 PM

About 7.20am ....5 minutes after launch....looking East across Melbourne....one of the sister balloons ahead of us.

We were the last to lift off of a total of around 10 ...

Jafo
Reply #7 Saturday, April 5, 2008 9:57 PM

The Rialto, Melbourne.

Prior to the construction of the Petronas building in Malaysia this was the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere.

killajosh
Reply #8 Saturday, April 5, 2008 10:05 PM
Jafo, that's so cool. I've been over the ocean and would love to go again. Great pics... thanks for aharing!
Xiandi
Reply #9 Saturday, April 5, 2008 10:53 PM
Jafo, that's so cool.

Yeah, what he said.  



Skinhit
Reply #10 Saturday, April 5, 2008 10:57 PM
Looks like you had a great time Jafo!
skybright
Reply #11 Sunday, April 6, 2008 12:11 AM
I am so happy for you and the pictures are great!!!  
starkers
Reply #12 Sunday, April 6, 2008 2:28 AM
Well, the photos look totally awesome, but it's not for me... like er, um, no brakes. No accelerator, either, to get out of stick situations quickly.

Nope, I prefer vehicles with wheels that remain on Terra Firma... and with the effects of my curried cabbage diet, I could see the whole shebang hot-airing well into the stratosphere and beyond.
I.R. Brainiac
Reply #13 Sunday, April 6, 2008 2:29 AM
Looks scary cool.    
Jafo
Reply #14 Sunday, April 6, 2008 8:20 PM

Albert Park Lake...just south of the CBD [left of picture]....where the Australian Formula One GrandPrix is run.  The Pit straight and chicane [Turn 1 and 2] are visible to lower right of the lake... 

vStyler
Reply #15 Sunday, April 6, 2008 8:38 PM
Ballooning is fun if you survive it. I'd have crapped myself @ 60 ft.   
Iben
Reply #16 Sunday, April 6, 2008 8:41 PM
That looks fun Jafo.
I bet jumping out of the balloon would be fun also.

  
Jafo
Reply #17 Sunday, April 6, 2008 9:25 PM

The MCG [Melbourne Cricket Ground] ...probably the biggest Football Stadium on the planet ....seats around 100 thou.  The 'little' roofed stadium above-right is Rod Laver ...where the Aus Tennis Open is held.  The Albert park lake is center of pic....just below the bay coastline...

Jafo
Reply #18 Monday, April 7, 2008 9:06 AM

Ah...the ubiquitous sunrise shot....avec lens flare....

zakai1369
Reply #19 Monday, April 7, 2008 12:01 PM
Got some great shots from up there
vStyler
Reply #20 Monday, April 7, 2008 12:52 PM
Maracana Stadium in Rio seats around 200,000.

I must say.. as scary as I would find it, it must be breathtaking.

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