I Now Pronounce You Hot Air Ballooners

Hello Dear Readers!

You may remember that time last year when Joni and I took a hot air balloon ride over Luxor, watching the sun rise spectacularly over the Nile as we drifted above.

42AC17E5-043B-4A50-9A80-9C3B1E3FEDFF
Wheeeee

I had such a great time then that when planning Harrison’s birthday trip I thought ‘Hey, I wonder if they do hot air balloons in Lithuania?’

The answer to that is yes, yes they do.

So it was that we rose at the crack of dawn to blearily drag on every item of clothing we owned (kidding, I was also wearing half of Harrison’s clothes) and hop into a van with several strangers, bound for Trakai, the neighboring city and site of our launch.

It was approximately 1 degree outside despite being April, which meant I looked like this:

IMG-20190505-WA0042.jpg
Send help.

I did, however, manage to thaw a little as Harrison helped to inflate the balloon:

IMG-20190505-WA0173
Look how badass he is.

The ride itself was very peaceful, with just three of us (and the pilot) flying over the city.

IMG_20190505_071101.jpg

IMG-20190505-WA0045IMG-20190505-WA0098

Now, I don’t know if this is a real thing, but after landing the pilots, um, said a prayer and poured champagne on the ground. They then wiped it on our head and pronounced us official hot air ballooners. No, really.

IMG-20190505-WA0169.jpg
What just happened?

IMG-20190505-WA0172.jpg

Regardless, I enjoyed the free champagne and loved being able to take Harrison (who by the way was terrified) up over the skies.

-Carissa “Officially Qualified to Fly the Balloon” Rawson

Advertisements

One thought on “I Now Pronounce You Hot Air Ballooners

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s