December 30, 2013
Had a wonderful time with Rebecca Blumenthal today.
We went air ballooning over Las Vegas.
I was surprised at how large the balloons were and how easy the ride was--didn't even feel it when we lifted off the ground and before I knew it, we were 4,000 feet above sea level.
I shot the video standing in the balloon as it was being inflated--never knew you could do that!
And I took the photo of the balloon with the Vegas Strip in the background--you can see the Stratosphere on the left along with the other fancy hotels and sites.
The view from above was beautiful, the air outside was cool, but under the burners of the balloon we were warm and toasty.
Sheldon Grauberger was a terrific aeronaut and guide today and you could see, completely, the total passion he had for this sport.
He told us how he actually trains others for free--he "pays it forward," since he was taught almost 20 years ago similarly.
The sky, mountains, city, breeze, and peace and quiet floating overhead was so amazing.
I sort of felt like the young boy, Pascal, in the movie, The Red Balloon.
He dreams of a better future and is carried off by the balloons into the wild blue yonder to live happily ever after, please G-d. ;-)
(Source Photo and Video: Andy Blumenthal)