After the evening of stuffing ourselves
with various exotic meats it was an early start for the sunrise
balloon ride. And when I say early I mean very early...
it meant getting up at 4am!
Having been collected from the hotel by 'trainee pilot' Chris,
he drove us out to find a suitable launching site. They have
a number of sites that they use, the site chosen on any particular
day being dependent on the prevailing winds.
One a suitable launch site was found, we had to help in setting
up the balloon. First a large fan is used to part-fill the
balloon with air, then the burners are lit to make the balloon
rise. Once the balloon is upright, it's a mad dash to get
aboard before it floats away!