Took to the Air over Perth 2 days ago after a lengthy wait & several cancellations due to the temperamental Scottish weather. I fact we were up the previous morning as well for about 15 minutes but some fog or low cloud suddenly rolled down from the hill and we had to cut land a little early. So my friend & I had the best of both worlds when we were invited to fly again next evening and what an experience we had! Our pilot Martin Cowling and his crew were great company from start to finish. We (the passengers) got involved (willingly) in the assembly and preparation of the equipment prior to take off.
At "Take Off" there was a great sense of adventure & a little apprehension but mostly exhilaration, slowly and silently (except for the occasional blast from the gas bottles) drifting higher & higher. Once up around 2500 feet on a beautiful evening Martin pointed out any places of interest and generally kept the atmosphere jolly with his easy going manner.
Now for the landing....before we took off we all had a safety briefing and were shown our position for landing, Martin pointed to our landing site (a recently cropped hay field) and told us to take up our landing positions. He then advised it would be a little bumpy " so hold on" 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Big Bump...little bump,bump....Big bump, Big Bump, bump,bump,bump then the basket was on it's side and we were all seated but on our back laughing and waiting for the balloon to deflate so we could get out of the basket.
Now we're out and looking around the cornfield feeling pretty pleased with ourselves feeling like pioneers and wishing the whole thing could start again.
We help pack up all the equipment then Martin pours the Bubbly (we had some yesterday) and we toast our great experience. The minibus arrives to return us to our start point and it's over (but we have some fascinating pictures) all to soon.
I would love to do it all again, Thanks to Virgin & Martin Cowling.
Bert C & John S
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