Relax mothers, it wasn't one of our group!!!!
15.05.2011 - 15.05.2011 10 °C
4:30 AM came pretty early but in the end it was SO worth the lack of sleep! We got our wake up call signifying the balloon trip was a go this morning. It is overcast and cool but that didn't deter us. On to the vans and then off to the launch site. There were so many balloons.
We watched the busy Turkish men unload the balloon and all the gear. Anticipation built and we climbed aboard - 14 of our group and 7 in another group. There was at least 40 balloons in the air as we cruised over the interesting topography of Cappadocia. It was quite a site - again a bit hard to describe. We have decided that with 22 people per balloon and 40 balloons a day that there is a very lucrative business in hot air ballooning in Cappadocia.
We ascended, descended to the tree tops and floated over the eroded rock formations. Later today we will be visiting the area on foot. Unfortunately, it got a bit windy and we had to land in a hurry. The captain taught us how to brace (not there was that much room in the balloon). The landing was probably the most fun part - it was safe but our Italian basket mate won our hearts. He got down on one knee and proposed to his girlfriend - she said YES! Now that is a marriage proposal. We climbed out of the balloon (some of us more gracefully than others) and popped the cork!
By 7:30 AM we were back at the hotel and ravenous! Breakfast and off for another day of touring. More later.