Rise up with the sun, gently wafting thousands of feet above the waking earth. The burners roar at liftoff, but soon you're overcome by the silence and tranquility of drifting with the wind. The San Bernardino Mountains rise out of the mist (hopefully) to the north, and the Moreno Valley stretches below. But set your shutter speed to 1/300 because some crazy fool is about to jump out.
This is an outing I've arranged with my small photo club, and I thought I would throw the idea out there just to fill up the balloon, which we've got almost half full.
Our hot air balloon holds 10 passengers, including the skydiver(s). Liftoff is at the ungodly hour of 6 AM to catch the still of dawn so we'll be departing San Clemente at 4:30 AM. My van holds 7 and you can all sleep on the way there. Cost is $120/person with surcharges for folks over 220 lbs. Make your check out to Dan Horst Pilot Services, our licensed balloon pilot, but mail it to me at:
P.O. Box 4393
San Clemente, CA 92674
Be sure to do that within 1 week of your RSVP.
Yes, this will be an adventure!