Early this morning I had the rare opportunity to float over a little part of Denmark from a big red hot air balloon. A memorable experience indeed, from the first blast of the hot air burners that lifted the huge balloon off the ground, to the deers running away as the balloon passed above them, and the dogs barking as they sensed us approaching in the distance and the waving school children who were probably almost as excited about what they were seeing as we onboard were looking out over the land below that stretched as far as our eyes could see. And of course the landing which ended with the basket tipped sideways, as is normal when there is anything more than very light winds.
The flight passed directly over the thriving Danish metropolis of Ringsted (population 30,850) before eventually landing in a farmer's field some kilometers on the other side. But I'll just let the pictures do the talking.
...the hot air burners begin to lift the balloon off the ground
...your truly dwarfed by the 21 by 2o meter balloon
...scaring the deers
...windmills, windmills and more windmills on the horizon of the
...'I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill
and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain,
and the crooked places will be made straight'...I think he visited Denmark!
...today, the dream of identical houses is alive...in Ringsted.
...the place, it turns out, where apparently trampolines are seeing a resurgence
...excited school children watching us float over town
...but what a view!!