I’m Just An Old Guy That Likes To Get High… (GA118)

Mary is no longer available for RV traveling, but we remain good friends.
Because we have 4,000+ postings, I’ve invited her to continue posting entries on this blog.
I’m currently in my 22nd year of full-time RVing and my lifestyle is changing, For more info click Here

The motorhome is parked at Thousand Trails RV Resort in La Connor, Washington. I’ll depart here July 24th.

 

 

Since my RVing life is changing (see above), I’m starting to re-visit previously visited places. So rather than constantly re-blogging past entries, I’ve decided to do something different.

 

 

In 2011-2013, Mary and I did a 682 day, 12,679 miles in the motorhome and 8,000 miles in the Bronco, circumnavigation of the United States, which I called The Great Adventure. I called it so because other than my oldest granddaughter’s high school graduation in June in Connecticut, I didn’t know where we would be going or when we would be there!

 

 

So, unless I do something really different and unusual warranting a new blog entry, I’ll be posting entries from that trip.

 

 

 

This entry was posted May 21, 2012…

 

 

 

is what “Fergie” said to me 800 feet above the New Mexico desert.

 

 

Let me explain…

 

 

Yesterday when we pulled into the Red Rock Park campground near Gallup, New Mexico,, we ended up…unbeknownst to us in the middle of a beehive…kinda sorta.

 

 

For in this campground were a whole lot of people participating in something called the Route 66 Freedom Flight & Ride. Rather than me trying to explain it to you, the info is all in this link…
http://www.freedomrideandflight.com/

 

 

As you read in the above link, this activity involves both motorcyclists and hot air balloonists. We ended up camped in the middle of the hot air balloonists without the knowledge that this event was even taking place. If you are a regular follower of my Blog, you know we neither watch TV or read newspapers…so we do not know what is going on in the world. We did get to chatting with a couple of them and were informed the balloons would start taking off in an adjourning field at 6:30 AM.

 

 

Needless to say, we were there and this is what happened…

 

 

 

 

 

As always you may left click upon an image to see an enlarged view and then click once again to see an even larger view…

 

 

 

 

 

As we were told, the balloonists started arriving shortly after 6:00 AM…

 

 

 

 

 

Before to long the balloons began inflating…

 

 

 

 

 

The pilots began testing their burners…

 

 

 

 

 

And soon they started going aloft…

 

 

 

 

 

I found myself attracted to this group. The guy in the long white beard…”Fergie” aka Ken Furgerson, told me I could get as close as I wanted and take as many photos as I wanted, but…”Don’t step on the balloon!” Despite being very busy Fergie and crew were most cooperative in answering my many questions. If you remember, I’m an ex-engineer and I like to know how things work…

 

 

 

 

 

Nearby by other crews were also busy…

 

 

 

 

 

While Fergie and crew continued with their work…

 

 

 

 

 

Soon the shadows of the balloons started appearing on the canyon walls…

 

 

 

 

 

There were so many bright colors they almost hurt the eyes…

 

 

 

 

 

Fergie invited me to step up to the opening of the balloon to take photos of the inside…

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a 180 degree panorama of the inside…

 

 

 

 

 

Soon Fergie ignited his burner to start the hot air into the balloon…

 

 

 

 

 

And soon the 105,000 cubic foot balloon was upright…

 

 

 

 

 

And soon Fergie and three passengers were on their way…but not before he invited Mary and I to ride along with the chase crew…

 

 

 

 

 

And there they go…

 

 

 

 

 

A close-up of them up there…

 

 

 

 

 

Soon other balloons were airborne…

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a couple of balloons just clearing the east canyon wall…

 

 

 

 

 

Other balloons take off with Church Rock in the background…

 

 

 

 

 

Fergie and passengers are now the smallest balloon on the upper right…

 

 

 

 

 

About 45 minutes later in the company of the chase crew, we met Fergie at his landing spot. Much to our great surprise, Fergie invited us for a ride and we were soon airborne…

 

 

 

 

 

Soon we were 800 feet in the air looking towards Gallup, New Mexico to the west. This is about the time Fergie told us…”I’m just an old guy who likes to get high!”

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a 180 degree panorama looking west at 800 feet above the desert floor…

 

 

 

 

 

Looking straight down the earth looks like the surface of the Moon…

 

 

 

 

 

Soon we will need to land before the upcoming ridge…

 

 

 

 

 

Fergie tells us he has only two controls…to go up or go down. Here we start our decent…

 

 

 

 

 

Getting close to the ground now…

 

 

 

 

 

After a very smooth landing the crew starts the closing down of the balloon…

 

 

 

 

 

Squeezing the air from the balloon is called milking…

 

 

 

 

 

Time to start stuffing the balloon into its storage bag…

 

 

 

 

 

Without knowing it, Fergie had managed to land next to a motocross race track which provided lots of dust to contend with…

 

 

 

 

 

Soon the balloon is almost into its storage bag…

 

 

 

 

 

And soon the whole balloon assembly is in its transport/storage trailer…

 

 

 

 

 

Fergie calls his balloon Itsa Touchie Subject and his crew wear embroidered shirts…

 

 

 

 

 

We were driven back to the campground and invited to attend a “ceremony”. It began with Fergie presenting a very humorous, yet factual, history of ballooning…

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, a ceremony requires liquid refreshment…

 

 

 

 

 

During the ceremony, we found out virgin balloon riders are called Turkeys…

 

 

 

 

 

Soon we found ourselves receiving our official balloon pins. Women get pinned very near their hearts…

 

 

 

 

 

And men get pinned, by the opposite sex, very near their brains!

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s a final photo of our ad-hoc ballooning crew…

 

 

In the end, Fergie estimated that 40-50 balloons were involved in the event and we enjoyed a 30 minute hot air balloon ride.

 

 

To see the other 98 photos that I took, you can click this link…
https://picasaweb.google.com/110455945462646142273/FreedomFlightRideGallupNewMexico

 

 

Thank you Fergie and fellow crew members for a most delightful experience!!!

 

 

We had planned to move on this morning, but because of our unexpected delightful day of yesterday…today we will do what we had planned yesterday…today…and leave tomorrow morning. Got it?

 

 

Running into unexpected and delightful experiences is yet another joy of the full-time RVing lifestyle!

 

 

 

 

TWO FOR THE PRICE OF ONE! MARY WROTE A MANY GREAT BLOGS…SO WHENEVER SHE PUBLISHED A BLOG POSTING THE SAME DAY THAT I DID…YOU WILL BE ABLE TO READ HER BLOG BY CLICKING THE BELOW LINK! DO IT NOW…!!!

 

 

 

 

I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE PHOTOS.

 Forecast for today is sunny and 64 degrees.

Enjoying nice weather is another joy in the life of a full-time RVer!

The red dot on the below map shows my approximate location in the State of Washington. You may double left-click the map to make it larger…

 

united-states-mapLACO

 

 

Enjoying 65-75 degree temperatures with low humidity most of the year is a primary joy in the RVing lifestyle!

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving”…Albert Einstein

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My current travel rig is a 2006 Fleetwood 26′ Class A Motorhome and a towed 1986 Ford Bronco II, Eddie Bauer Model. This photo was taken in the desert at Slab City near Niland, California…

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On October 27, 2012, I created a two-minute video titled America The Beautiful. The music America The Beautiful is by Christopher W. French. The photos, which I randomly selected, are from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia (not shown in that order)…are mine. Yup, That’s me standing in front of the Post Office in Luckenbach, Texas…Y’all!

Click this link to start the video. Make sure you have your speakers turned on and go to full screen asap.
http://youtu.be/FfZUzEB4rM8

If you would like to see my YouTube videos, click this link… http://www.youtube.com/user/JimJ1579/videos

There are more than 700 photo albums in my Picasa Web Albums File. To gain access, you simply have to click this link… https://get.google.com/albumarchive/110455945462646142273?source=pwa

If you have not checked out my Ramblin Man’s Photos Blog, you can do so by clicking this link…http://ramblinmanphotos.wordpress.com/

For more information about my books, click this link:
http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/panamaorbust

All original works copyrighted – Jim Jaillet -2017

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