Floating over Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin, it was surreal, no noise, no wind. As part of the Enlighten Festival, Canberra Balloon Spectacular, we had booked our tickets with Canberra Balloon Aloft
It was to be an early morning rise. First we had to check in to ensure that the balloons were flying. Great joy, the weather was kind to us. The spectators were waiting and the take off was to be in front of the Old Parliament House, however, because of cloud and safety concerns, the commercial balloons were to take off at Coppins Crossing, to the west of the city.
Firing up ready for take-off. As our pilot pumps air into the burning gas the balloon fills with hot-air. We have about 8 in our basket and gently we lift off
As we climb higher we can see the private balloons coming over the hill with the sun rising at their backs. It is such a spectacular sight.
We touch down on Federal Golf Course, watched by the kangaroos and early morning golfers. The balloon needs to be laid out and rolled up and then literally squashed into the basket for transport back to the depot.