Missouri (cont'd)

 


Darrin Henderson
My balloons carried me up over the park.

 

 

 

As I rose, I had a wonderful view of the town spreading out to the Missouri River to the north.

 

 

 

 

I was moving at just three or four miles per hour, to the south. As I ascended past one thousand feet, there was a more westbound to the wind, and a nearing two thousand feet a bit of northwest, angling toward the river. I did not want to have to divert crew many miles to the nearest place where they could cross, so I dropped back down to where the wind was taking me southwest.

 

My crew had a leisurely chase, following me west on State Highway 100, and then south on Highway YY.


 

 

Back at the field, some of the hot-air balloons were finally launching.

 

 

 

 

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The weather remained very grey, but the landscape was very rich and green, and above me all the colors of my balloons lent some brightness to the scene. I dropped down lower, where the wind seemed to be a little faster and headed more toward the south.

 


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Continued....