Well, your Adventurous Dynamic Duo, is back out experiencing new adventures in life; straight off of our fabulous bucket-list. 🙌🏾🙌🏾 This week, we are discussing our one hour ride on "Cookie" (is her name), the Hot-Air-Balloon. We suggest, if you don't want to go sky diving, but you want to enjoy the view from above and get that weightless feeling, try going up in a hot air balloon.🎈🎈 Did you know, hot air ballooning is the world's oldest form of aviation and air travel? Hot-Air-Balloons were invented in France in the 1700s, and today, it is a recreational and competitive sport.
We chose to do a sunrise flight with Balloons Over Georgia, and it was an absolutely beautiful and priceless experience! The Adventurous Dynamic Duo's main objective was to do something, unusual, a bit daring, and lots of fun - all at the same time.😍😎😇Warriors, every place we visit, every adventure and/or activity we partake in, we learn - tremendously from it. Today, we want you to learn a little, adventure with us, and please, please, please, float on with us.😂🤣 It was an incredible adventure, but for you to truly understand why we're saying this, you must try it for yourself.
....so from start to finish: come on and experience this adventure with us!!!! The morning prior to our Saturday-scheduled hot-air-balloon ride, the owner called to let us know if the weather was going to be okay for our 7:00 am ride. We learned, since balloons move with the air, the weather is very important in deciding whether or not to fly. Balloons need stable winds to operate effectively, and the hours, just following sunrise and approximately 2 hours before sunset, are the best times for finding these winds. We were praying for good weather!🙏🏾🙏🏾 Yay. 🙌🏾🙌🏾 We were instructed, it was going to be perfect flying weather and to arrive at a specific parking lot in Cumming, GA at 6:00 am. So, no sleeping in for the weary (and excited). Lol.🤪
Warriors, it's funny.😂🤣😂 When dealing with fear, sometimes, it can show up as being upset and/or inpatient. Well, y'all, this is exactly how Sidney was that morning. I didn't realize that, then, but .... All week, prior to our ride, whenever I would ask him if he was excited about the ride, he would walk away and just moan (A little grumpy, right Sid?).🤔🤮 Lol! 🤪 But, y'all already know, Mr. Sidney wasn't going to let me out do him. The man is a fierce competitor, but because of my boldness and braveness, he says, "Jackie, you are a beast ." LOL. O.K. 👀 Now, back to the ride!!!!!
It took the crew about 15-20 minutes to set up the balloon, and they welcomed us to take pictures as they prepared, "Cookie", for our flight. For those of you who follow us on Face Book, you've already had a chance to view a couple videos of our flight. (Lucky you, LOL.) 👍The balloon, which is actually a large envelope, is removed from a bag and laid out in a long horizontal line in the parking lot. The burners are attached to the uprights, and the basket is attached to the cables on the bottom of the envelope. An engine, driven fan, is used to inflate the envelope with cold air. When it is partially inflated, the air is heated by a burner and the envelope rises above the basket.
With more heat, the balloon lifts and we, gently, start rising up into the sky. Up, up, and away!!!!🎈🎈 It was a magnificent sunrise that morning,🎇🌅 with low level mist in the valleys, and we were to view the Appalachian Mountains from a distant. We couldn't even feel Cookie rising, but, we knew we were in the air because we could view a couple other hot-air-balloons, still on the ground, preparing for take-off. As we rose, we could see Lake Lanier on one side, and we headed into the opposite direction, right over the mountains. Cookie pretty much went wherever the wind took her, but our pilot had capabilities to seek higher or lower altitudes to find wind currents of various directions. Warriors, this truly was the truest form of sailing. The views and the silence were utterly breathtaking. Our basket held about 5 of us and we flew up to 3,000 - 4,000 feet up towards the sky. At times our pilot would just fly low right over the trees, people who lived in this area would come outside of their homes to wave at us and yell hello. It was great seeing deer, cows and horses.🦌🐂🐎 It was so funny because we kept hearing the dogs 🐕🐩barking at us along our journey. We took pictures of the air-balloon shadow, a beautiful picture of, "Cookie" shadow in the water. Fun! Fun! Fun!😍😇😎
Warriors, this is what we call living; getting out of our comfort zones and experiencing all that God has for us. It was a trip of a lifetime - we felt free. The ride was a, "Float On," experience, as we just sailed in and through the air. It was simply fantastic. The ride was so smooth. We felt like birds gliding effortlessly in the limitless sky. The bonus was the beautiful scenery along the flight. The entire experience from set up to the landing is one that we will never forget.
We recommend you try this adventure, because it was so easy and painless. Warriors, hot-air-balloons don't land in pre-decided locations like planes or helicopters. They can't be steered in the same way (that's why it's always an adventure). Our pilot brought the balloon into land, about after an hour. He asked us to crouch down in a seated landing position, bending our knees, as the balloon approached the ground. Even the landing was so easy.
It's your time, Warriors, to live life intentionally, so please, don't hold back - let go of fear. Thank you for, "Floating On," with us this week. We love having you check in on our blog, "Dynamic Duo Inspired Journey." We want to encourage you to write down your bucket-list and please, execute it. Life is too, too, short; remember every day is a gift from God. Use it intentionally, and Enjoy your life! C'mon now and "Float On, Warriors!" If you haven't signed in, please enter your email address and the code ZEJFNW. We love you, see you next week!
Your Adventurous Dynamic Duo
Jackie & Sidney
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