#48 – Take a flight in a hot air balloon

by Elizabeth on March 22, 2010 · 3 comments

in 101 in 1001, Life, Melbourne

Part of my 101 Things in 1001 Days challenge.

I almost apologised for this image-heavy post, but it wouldn’t have been very sincere!

There is no way to describe how incredible it feels to float above the clouds in a little basket, watching the sun creep up over the mountains and seeing the world wake up. It’s so smooth and gentle, and very serene.

All I can do is show you my pictures. I hope everyone reading this has the chance to do it someday.

(This is just a small selection of the photos I took yesterday!)

Unfortunately the company we flew with placed surprise restrictions on what could be carried on board, and I found myself having to leave most of my camera gear behind. It was really disappointing to have researched my shots so well in advance, only to be told that I couldn’t take a shoulder bag. Put it on your website guys, you list every other piece of information there.

Otherwise it was a brilliant experience. If you think you might find yourself in a similar situation I recommend asking plenty of questions ahead of time and consider getting it in writing. It’s a lot of money, and if photography is your thing you really want to get it right. 5am isn’t the time to be working on your Plan B!

It wasn’t a great way to begin the morning, but I managed to put it behind me and focus on enjoying the experience. Balloon Sunrise ticked every other box, and the Yarra Valley is truly beautiful from the sky.

Thank you Tim for organising this for my birthday!

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Leslie March 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm

I love the photos!

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