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My Hot Air Balloon Adventure

A week ago Sunday I took my first ever hot air balloon flight. It’s been on my ‘bucket list’ as part of my quest to put a little more adventure into my life.

Brad W. Smith photographer LifeIsHOTBlog yellow hot air balloon over western New Jersey countryside

One of many balloons we saw while floating over New Jersey on a gorgeous September afternoon.

The late afternoon weather was perfect, the sky beautiful, the wind steady and light. I helped hold open the envelope, that’s the pretty part that inflates, as the crew used a fan to blow air into it as it lay on the ground, and then as our pilot, Tom Robins, turned on the twin burners to heat the air.

You can watch the video of D’Anne’s Hot Air Balloon Adventure here.

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Cowardly Lyin’

Today is Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year for Jews. I am not of the Jewish faith, and I do not pretend to fully comprehend all that this day means for people of the faith. But I do understand what it means to repent and atone for my sins.

Cowardly Lyin' eroded driftwood log looks like lion head

My Driftwood Lion I found on Hell’s Half Acre Island, Maine. Photo by Brad W. Smith

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Three on My Bucket List – Up, Up and Away!

Do you have a bucket list? Today I cross three of them off my list. It is fitting that my first blog post should be about another new experience. As a belated birthday present to myself, later today I will take my first hot

Up, Up and Away LifeisHOTBlog, 3 hot air balloons aloftair balloon ride. We’re leaving from a central New Jersey location about an hour from my home. We’ll go where the wind takes us.  I hope we soar high and sail over interesting terrain. I hope I  remember to take a few photos. Continue reading

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