Tuesday, January 27, 2009
As I listen to all of the weather reports of frigid winter weather going on elsewhere, I am so grateful to be working in an area with such mild weather. We've had some chilly days here that required sweaters or jackets, but we have also had many days of sunshine and short sleeve weather. I even sat out at the pool for a bit last week. To make it even better, Amy has been renting a condo in Scottsdale, so we have been having some play dates. We have been investigating some of the restaurants in her neighborhood, and have had some very tasty chow.
Did someone say tasty chow? There have been some interesting events lately. There are plenty of rabbits to chase around here, a cat that likes to taunt me by sauntering through our campsite, and this morning we even saw a coyote during our walk. I wanted to get closer to investigate, but The Staff was her usual stick-in-the-mud self and wouldn't let me get closer.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Balloon Being Inflated
Ready for Take-Off
Inside the Balloon
Looking Down on Other Balloons
Lake Pleasant -- there is water in Phoenix!
View from Balloon
This was my first balloon ride, and I found it to be very peaceful and relaxing. I really enjoyed gliding along the air currents a mile above the ground, and our first landing couldn't have been softer. The chase vehicle couldn't get to us in our first landing position, however, so up we went for another landing elsewhere. The second landing had a bit of bounce to it, but was still pretty gentle. After landing, we were treated to a champagne breakfast, which included a breakfast birthday cake and happy birthday song for me.
I have no interest in balloon rides, but a tasty dinner, now THAT's a way to celebrate. The Staff even let me have a bit of leftover steak. Usually the contents of the doggy bag never make it to the dog, but she came through this time.