Thursday, May 24, 2007

As from the earth the light Balloon


As from the earth the light Balloon
Asks nothing but release --
Ascension that for which it was,
Its soaring Residence.

The spirit looks upon the Dust
That fastened it so long
With indignation,

As a Bird
Defrauded of its song.


Emily Dickinson


I admire the beautiful hot air balloons that go over our house on calm evenings, sometimes five or six at a time. It costs close to $300.00 for a ride, and even if that was inexpensive for me, I don't know if I would have the courage to get into one.

Have you been in a hot air balloon, riding in the domain of the birds?

11 comments:

  1. I have never been in a hot air balloon, although in my younger days (20's) I enjoyed going to the hot air balloon races and counted it among the things I wanted to do in my life. Now, nearing 50, I still find them beautiful and magical but, like you, I'm not sure if I'd have the nerve.

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  2. No, Ruth, my fear of heights keeps me on the ground. But they are beautiful.

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  3. Not me. For the past 13 years I've lived in places where they do a lot of ballooning (ballooning and wine valleys seem to go together, oddly), but a ride is always beyond my pocketbook.

    They are beautiful, though.

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  4. Yes, a number of years ago when the company I worked for was doing a special promotion. It was amazing. I figured why not do it when it was a free offer to a few employees. There are many here in AZ floating over the mountains. I'd like to take another 'float' sometime.

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  5. May an old man barge in here? I am KGMOM'S father, not blogging but lurking. My daughter sent me this blogsite, which I check out occasionally. Re hot air balloning: My wife, Donna's step-mother, gave me an hour in a hot air balloon for my 75th birthday. Because of an unexpected updraft the hour turned into an hour and twenty minutes. I've got this thing against heights too, but I am glad I did it, gritted teeth and all. And at 88 ears old (in about three weeks) I'd do it again (if someone else paid for it) (chuckle). Thanks Body Soul & Spirit. And blessings on you all.
    Father "C"

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  6. A hot air balloon ride would be a grand event. I've heard from others that it's very peaceful just floating along like a bird. And, as Father "C" tells us, one is never too old to experience something new! Maybe for my 50th birthday....

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  7. When my dad turned 75, my step-mom wanted to give him a hot air balloon ride. So, I helped her out with $$ and contacted a local man who took folks for rides.
    Daddy went for an hour ride--and even though he had always wanted to do that--he was non-commital when he landed. It was OK, he said.
    I have no desire to go up--even ferris wheels scare me!
    Now, I scan down & see that my father posted a remark! Interesting. Father C is my dad.

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  8. Thanks for your comments. It is interesting that my aunt, OmaLois, a youngster at 72, would go up in a balloon again, and Father C, Donna's dad, would go for another ride at 88 years. Wow! Mary and I have some fears to conquer! Like Ginger says, the price is another hurdle. Lynne and Ruthie- sounds like a great 50th birthday gift! Donna, your dad is a gem!

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  9. I never have been but would like to some day.-You are lucky to have them fly over your house so often!

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  10. It's beautiful, but I am not at all sure I'd want to be up in it either. Hey Lynne, if you go, I'll go? :c)

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  11. Larry and Jayne,
    Perhaps we could look into a blogger's balloon bash over some spectacular area. I don't think they crash like airplanes. ;-)

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