Today I was supposed to post about the Ascendio Conference but then my hubby surprised me with a hot air balloon ride. (!!!!!!!!) It was soooo romantic!
We woke up at 4:15 am and headed over to the touristy section (which normal Floridians avoid like the plague) and loaded up into vans. The company we used was Orlando Balloon Rides. They took us to this beautiful open field, which is also a hang glider community.
After they unloaded the balloons and spread them out, they fired up the tanks and away we went!
We floated over the Green Swamp, which is actually quite close to our house. The sun was rising right over Disney World as we floated up.
I was amazed how the air smelled. So fresh and crisp and green. And whenever the gas wasn't blasting into the balloon, the air would just silently whoosh around us. I've never experienced that kind of silence before, even on top of mountain peaks.
Below we spotted deer, hawks, sand hill cranes, herds of wild boar, and lots of cows. Our operator called them summer cows. Some are white, some are black. *grin*
Then we landed in the middle of nowhere. We packed up the balloon as a group, avoiding the cow gifts scattered about. The craziest part was this kid blitzed out of the woods on his four-wheeler to say hi. He was looking for his dog apparently, but I was so distracted by the wild boar strapped to the front of his four-wheeler I could hardly concentrate what he had to say. Especially when the boar squealed!
Then we jumped into the balloon basket on the truck and drove out to the main road (which took nearly a half an hour on sand roads and pastures). The champagne toast and breakfast made the morning absolutely perfect.