Sometimes The Weather Is Just Too Good To Miss

Hot air ballooning is a real passion, I have never just looked at it as a “job”. I truly enjoy flying in balloons: whether it’s flying solo in my cloudhopper enjoying the freedom it brings, taking first time passengers for a flight and seeing their reactions or taking to the sky in a special shape knowing that people on the ground will be stopping in amazement as a dog, dragon or chocolate pot float serenely by!

I just love being in the air and so any opportunity to fly I will take. I had flown with my father on a very long flight from The Dog House to Cold Ash and while the weather was perfect the following morning, the late night meant my father had, annoyingly, elected to stay in bed rather than get up before sunrise to go ballooning again.

I, however, wanted to fly again. So I set my alarm and went back to The Dog House for first light knowing that 3 or four balloons were planning to fly and hoping that I would be able to get a basket space and get back in the air.

As with all good plans, a local balloon team – The Hedgehoppers – very kindly offered to let me fly and so for the second time in less than 12 hours I was back in the sky flying. Result.

The conditions couldn’t have been more different to the previous evening. The night before we had a quick flight that allowed us to travel 20 miles across South Oxfordshire and West Berkshire. This morning, however, we drifted slowly out of The Dog House pub, over Abingdon airfield, before crossing Abingdon itself coming in to land 1 hour and 20 minutes later at the Culham Park Scramble Track.

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