On Halloween weather conditions and such were finally favorable to go hot air ballooning. I live in the south and the weather gets hot -- 100+ degree for days on end. When its hot like that-guess what the balloon can't take off because the air is too light (hot air rises). So we had to wait until temperatures came back to more favorable values.
We had a date set for the week before and got up before sunrise to do the trip. Everything looked a go until they sent up the test helium balloon. The winds were too strong. We could not land safely at those speeds so the trip had to be canceled. Finally on Halloween at 7:00 a.m. it was a go. . . and Oh what a trip it was.
|In this picture, I am standing with balloon owner/operator/pilot. We are on the inside of the balloon just to give you an idea of how big the inside is.|
|Here they are heating the balloon up - the balloon glow|
|When we took off we were able to see the sunrise. It was truly an amazing sunrise to see. Words cannot describe how beautiful it was.|
|This is I-49 intersecting Bert Kouns highway. Facing north toward downtown Shreveport, LA.|
|This is the Red River to the East. We were flying about 30 knots at an altitude of 1200 ft.|
|An Oxbow lake from the Red River.|
|In the center of this picture is where my house is located, I know where it is because of the buildings I see. But the trees on our street and in my yard keep it pretty well hidden.|
|This was one of my favorite shots, seeing the balloon being reflect in the water as we flew over it.|
|Another shot of the Red River. It was so amazing to see the mist rise from it. There was something so mystical about it.|
|Seeing the balloon's shadow as we flew over an area that is called Dixie Garden|
|Here's the reflection of the balloon getting off of the water|
|This is the swamp waters known as Meyers lake.|
|Looking north a view of downtown Shreveport, to the right is Bossier City. The two cities/parishes are separated by the Red River.|
|Another beautiful view of Meyers lake. The white building is the elks club.|
|Meyer's swamp area is beautiful this time of year with all the fall foliage.|
|I just really liked this picture. Its a tree on Champion Links golf course.|
|Going over more swamp area.|
|and more swamps|
|More beautiful fall foliage.|
|Here's the Social Security building. I have a couple of friends that work there and I thought that they might get a kick out seeing the building that way.|
|Here we are coming in for the landing near the Shreveport-Barksdale bridge.|
|Here's my son getting out of the balloon. I couldn't believe the rid was finally over.|
What a ride, what a day. I couldn't have planned things to be any more perfect than the day I got. We had to wait a month for the conditions to be right, but it was well worth the wait.
I finally got a map of the route we took. The trouble was with all my city maps the place where we took off from was not on it and a good part of the trip could not be seen. When I would go to the state maps it would look so small. So now I found a condensed version of the geologic maps where I was able to splice two of the maps together.
|Louisiana Atlas & Gazetteer 1st ed. DeLorme, 1998 pg 14 & 20|