Smokey Mountain Morning
Great Smokey Mountains National Park
Our pilot told us we could “go high” or we could “go long”. We decided to go long. We chose a great location and great pilot for our first hot air balloon ride. The landscape around Asheville, North Carolina, was beautiful as we floated through the air. We felt our “go long” decision was justified as we watched the other balloons land and we continued floating through the Smokey mountains glory. That decision started to come into question as we approached the mountains without having found a suitable landing spot. We also learned how to slow down a hot air balloon, simply run the basket into the treetops! Having slowed down enough, we finally located our landing spot in the backyard of a fortunately friendly homeowner as they watched from their back porch in their pajamas as they finished their morning coffee.
Life is an adventure, enjoy the journey!