Country MoonPatience is a virtue, so they say. No one can accuse us of not having that trait as Ron’s long-awaited hot air balloon ride finally came to fruition.

Over three years ago, he told me that one of the things on his bucket list was a balloon ride. I didn’t forget. The hard part was finding someone who would fly him over his farm instead of over Indianapolis. Mark and Alora Westra, owners of Stars and Heights Hot Air Balloon Rides, made the dream come true.

They were willing to come up to Economy, IN and fly him over his farm. The hard part was waiting for all the conditions to be right. Ron wanted to fly in the fall, after harvest and all the crops were off the fields. Having some place safe to land, with regard to not ruining crops and also being a safe distance from power lines and roads, is a major concern.

On top of that is wind direction. An open space large enough to lay the balloon out and take-off is needed, also in regard to wind direction on the day of flight. We scouted for such places and, as luck would have it, on Thursday, November 8, 2018, the conditions were right and the journey began. He could lift-off directly to the east of his grain bins.

12/11/2018 3:43:43 PM

Lois, I'm not sure that I'd be willing to lift off in a hot air balloon. I'm glad that Ron's balloon experience went well. It would be a different perspective to see one's land from above. I'll just stick to google maps for my aerial view of my vacant lot garden. I doubt if the FAA would allow a balloon to fly that close to a major airport anyway. I don't have an issue with an airplane but that's closed in and gives me the impression of a solid floor under my feet. So what's the next thing on Ron's bucket list? Have a great up up and away day. Nebraska Dave

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