HOT AIR RISES

9 06 2009
This shits over gazing into the fireplace on a cold winters night...

This shits over gazing into the fireplace on a cold winters night...

Sooz was given a ticket for a hot air balloon ride for her birthday about a year ago. Because it would be silly going by yourself, she bought me one too. So the last year has been spent booking the date, only to find out an hour before departure that the ride is cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions. This happened 4 times consecutively. To our surprise it was all systems go yesterday!

After about an hours sleep, I got woken up by Sooz panicking that we were gonna be late. It was 20 to 6am – and we were supposed to be at the lobby of the Langham Hotel in Southbank…which was only 10 minutes away from home but, we didn’t have the car as it was at the shop. As mad a rush as it sounds, we got dressed and were in a cab within 15 minutes. We got there just as the group was leaving and they piled us into 3 vans and drove us to the park next to the Vodafone Arena.

Here they let off a small helium balloon with a blinker on it. This will basically tell them which way the wind is heading so they could plot a safe route with the wind. They also had to decide from 27 different parks which was  the best one to take off from. I guess we don’t realise that you can’t steer a hot air balloon and you go where the wind takes you. The funniest thing about this first stop was that there was a massive rave at Rod Laver Arena next door. And I think it had just finished cos there were thousands of kids walking past us off their guts, wondering what the hell 30 people standing around 3 dudes letting a balloon with a blinker go and then watching it as though it were a UFO…

Footscray Park was to be the launch site this morning and we started heading out there. It was still dark when we got there and did I mention it was FREEZING?!?!? After a short briefing and everyone lending a hand, we were all ready to go. And before we knew it we were in the air!. The take off (and the ride) was so much smoother than I had expected. And it wasn’t anywhere near as cold as when we were on the ground. Not only because of the burners, but I guess the pilot explained that we travel WITH the wind and therefore there is no ‘windchill’ – DUH!  

When Sooz first told me about this ride, I was rather pessimistic about the entire thing. You know, ‘hot air balloons’ don’t sound as cool as ‘sky-diving’ or ‘bungee-jumping’. But now that I’ve done it, I would take it all back cos its a pretty awesome feeling being up there. There is a kinda of serenity about floating through the air in a basket held up by a massive balloon filled with hot air, with a birds eye view of Melbourne. It definitely gives you a different perspective of the city and everything looked so beautiful. I would recommend everyone doing this at least once in their lives. 

By some odd chance – it was also our second wedding anniversary that day…

Laying out the balloon...

Laying out the balloon...

Blowing cold air to inflate...

Blowing cold air to inflate...

slowly...

slowly...

slowly...

slowly...

Then the hot air goes in to make it rise...

Then the hot air goes in to make it rise...

As the basket became upright, we all had to pile in and were given some safety instructions. While that was happening, someone took all our photos from the outside...

As the basket became upright, we all had to pile in and were given some safety instructions. While that was happening, someone took all our photos from the outside...

PROPANE!!!

PROPANE!!!

Up...

Up...

up...and away!!

up...and away!!

Melbourne at dawn...

Melbourne at dawn...

Flemington Racecourse

Flemington Racecourse

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Melbourne Docks - The containers look amazing from the air...

Melbourne Docks - The containers look amazing from the air...

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The other two balloons that took off with us that morning...

The other two balloons that took off with us that morning...

Can't get enough of the containers...

Can't get enough of the containers...

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Cirque De Soleil @ Docklands

 

Running from the rain...

Running from the rain...

Etihad Stadium (Telstra Dome) - with the roof open and the hydroponic grass regeneration system running...

Etihad Stadium (Telstra Dome) - with the roof open and the hydroponic grass regeneration system running...

Melbourne CBD

Melbourne CBD

Docklands

Docklands

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No sure where this playground is, but I would loose my shit if I was still a kid...

 

Albert Park Lake - You can work the F-1 track out pretty easily from here...

Albert Park Lake - You can work the F-1 track out pretty easily from here...

Chapel St.

Chapel St.

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Cemetary - Again, Im not sure which. Anyone?

 

This is what I think it looked like when god appeared...

This is what I think it looked like when god appeared...

...or maybe it was more like this...

...or maybe it was more like this...

HAPPY 2 YEARS BABE!!!

HAPPY 2 YEARS BABE!!!

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3 responses

9 06 2009
seedub

amazing shots hanzo!

that cemetary is the one in east st kilda innit?

10 06 2009
carolyn

well done
lovely pictures
great for the sport of ballooning

13 06 2009
Community College

I wanna go ballooning!! looks awesome! I love seeing balloons in the air, usually happens when i’m walking home in the morning from an all-nighter. haha

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