On Friday, September 16, 2016, while out in Albuquerque, New Mexico to run the Santa Fe Thunder Half Marathon, I took a time out with friends to take a hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders. My friend Rachel and I arrived around 6:15am at their shop. Once everyone arrived and signed your life away waiver, we all boarded vans and drove about 15 minutes away to our launch point. Once there, the crew rolled out the balloon, and another guy and myself were asked to hold the balloon open as they pumped air into it via high powered fans. This took about 15 minutes. Once the balloon was mostly filled, they activated the burners that then helped stand the balloon upright for launch. We had a very large balloon that had a basket that held 12 people.
It was an awesome experience, and I highly recommend putting hot air balloon ride on your bucket list. The company was really professional & organized. Our pilot, Dean, was very skilled and informative throughout the trip, pointing out the various landmarks. At one point he showed off his skills by putting us down to within a few feet of dipping into the Rio Grande.
We were up in the air about an hour. When it was time to land, you pretty much follow mother nature’s guidance and land it in the safest place possible. The crew on the ground would follow us until a landing spot was determined. We landed on a middle school soccer field. As we were landing we came very close to homes. We were able to give them a hearty good morning as they were on their way to work.
Once we landed, they made mimosas for everyone. Since Rachel and I were running the half marathon (and the fact that I don’t drink alcohol) we got hard core and had an orange juice & cranberry juice mixture. They also provided a basket of snacks. Finally, we were provided our memorial flight certificate you commemorate our adventure.
It was an exciting time. Do it if you get the chance. It is worth the money! You won’t regret it!
Since I had so many pictures from our trip to New Orleans for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, I had to break it up into two posts. Here is a link to the first post.
During our time in New Orleans, we got a three day pass for the Hop On Hop Off Double Decker Red Bus so we could check out the sites with a little tour guiding to help out. From there we were able to see a lot of sites.
One of the stops on the bus was Mardi Gras World. This is where the floats are made and stored for the various Mardi Gras parades.
While we were in New Orleans, LA recently for the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, we had some time to site see. Here are some of the sites from our visit.
On Friday, after we checked into the hotel and went to the race expo, we began to check out some local sites. In fact, this golden jazz dude was really cool.
Right next to our hotel was the Outlet Collection Riverwalk. This place had anything you would want, from food to clothing stores.
At the corner of Poydras & Camp Streets (where the race started) was a cool painting on the side of a building.
After dinner we walked down to the Mercedes Benz Superdome, home of the New Orleans Saints. Right next to it was the Smoothie King Center where the New Orleans Pelicans play.
Last weekend, as a part of the Hershey Half Marathon, we had the opportunity to tour Hershey’s Chocolate World.
Here we are freezing our backsides off.
Chocolate World is a free venue, outside of Hershey Park. You can go anytime and get your chocolate!
They have so much chocolate.
The key element to Chocolate World is that has a free omin-mover ride that shows how Hershey develops their chocolate.
So here is a video of the tour. It is a cheezy little ride, but quite informative.
Did you enjoy the singing cows?
Here is how Hershey’s Kisses are made.
Here were the production numbers on the day we visited.
Chocolate World also has a food court and very large gift store. Among the other things you can do here.
You can even sign up and pay to invent your own chocolate candy bar.
It was a great visit. It was packed on the day we went, simply for the fact that it was cold and rainy outside. My friend Chris, goes often, and says he had never seen it as crowded as the day we went. So I recommend this if you are in the Hershey area. You should allow about an hour to take it all in.
Welcome back to part two of our tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum. If you started here, be sure to read part one first, as this post will pick up later in Walt’s life, and it is chronologically based.
On the tour, we left off in the late 1930s area of Walt’s life. There was a poster that said it all, “We were in a new business.”
In 1939, The last Silly Symphony, The Ugly Duckling was released. In 1940, two major hits were released, Pinocchio & Fantasia.
The early 40s shows some serious issues that faced Walt. He experienced hardships along the way, but this period of time served to be another rough patch. He deemed this “the toughest part of my life”. There were two crises during this period, one being a 3 month artists’ strike and another being World War II. Red the panel below as it will flesh out the further details.
World War II