Coalinga (cont'd)

 

My balloon bouquet is shining in the sun.  It's amazing to be attached to something so huge and colorful.

 

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(c) Louie Psihoyos

 

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(c) Louie Psihoyos

 

The haze begins to clear a bit down below.  I drift along, admiring the view.

 

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(c) Louie Psihoyos

 

One of the hot-air balloons comes in for a closer look at me.

 

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Up at altitude, I've been heading west toward the foothills.  I start down to catch the eastbound wind that will take me back toward Coalinga.

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(c) Louie Psihoyos

 

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(c) Louie Psihoyos
 

I float over fields and farm buildings.

 

 

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Drifting down into a large, empty field for landing...

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I release a little of my water ballast to touch down gently on my feet...

 

And my crew comes to lead me away.

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Celebration XII

Crew Chief: Ernie HarttErnie's Hat Reversed Revised.gif (1112 bytes)
Chase Balloon Pilots: Jenny Wolf, Jane Jennings
Crew: Tim Braly, Tony Braly, Alan Brandt, Joe Calabrette, Ricky Clement, Steve Ellis, Katy Griggs, Vern Hodapp, Jay Jennings, "Magic" Bob Locklin, Jeffrey Morse, Ray Morse, George Osner, Mark Otto, Dagny Sprouse, Tom Wheeler --  let me know if I missed your name, it was dark!

Photography: Tim Braly, Ricky Clement, Ray Morse, John Ninomiya, Louie Psihoyos

 

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