Soon it was fully inflated and ready to rise, so Matt and I jumped in.
Part of the initiation with a first balloon ride is drinking champagne and getting pinned. I did have a previous ride many, many years ago during a Balloon Fiesta. I even got to ride in the first wave off the field on a weekend mass ascension day. That's an honor! But, it was a quick ride; they immediately landed and took up more passengers. On that day, I got a pin and champagne after the balloon landed and was packed away. So, this time we skipped that part.
It was an incredibly awesome morning!
Thanks Sheila and Matt!!
Forget that I'm Fifty - song: Crack Baby Crack, artist: David Bowie, album: Aladdin Sane