[photos] Ballooning through the Nebraska skies

I still don’t have access to the photos taken in-flight from inside the basket, but here are some nice ones from fellow passenger Doris Abraham, as well as ground crew members Dani Martin and Tracy Rotundo. Man, that was a lot of fun.

The Emerald City Express' envelope being laid out
The Emerald City Express’ envelope being laid out, by Doris Abraham

Me, as the Emerald City Express is being set up
Me, as the Emerald City Express is being set up, by Tracy Rotundo

Flame on!
Flame on!, by Tracy Rotundo

Emerald City Express moments from launch
Emerald City Express moments from launch, by Dani Martin

View from one of the chase vehicles, by Dani Martin
View from one of the chase vehicles, by Dani Martin

Emerald City Express being buzzed by some idiot in a powered paraglider
Emerald City Express being buzzed by some idiot in a powered paraglider, who was seriously violating flight safety rules, by Tracy Rotundo

Emerald City Express rising from the corn
Emerald City Express rising from the corn, by Dani Martin

Emerald City Express over a cornfield
Emerald City Express over a cornfield, by Tracy Rotundo

elusivem sticks the landing
[info]elusivem sticks the landing, by Tracy Rotundo

Walking the balloon to the best takedown point
Walking the balloon to the best takedown point, by Tracy Rotundo

Me and Doris, post-flight
Me and Doris, post-flight, by Dani Martin

The sunset sky as the balloon was being broken down
The sunset sky as the balloon was being broken down, by Dani Martin

Photos © 2012 Doris Abraham, Dani Martin and Tracy Rotundo. All rights reserved, used here with permission.

4 thoughts on “[photos] Ballooning through the Nebraska skies

  1. Lori says:

    That is soo awesome! We just had a balloon festival here in OH, so cool to see them up close. Unfortunately I’m afraid of heights so no flight for me:) Glad you could do that!

  2. Janell Tessari says:

    I am trying to connect with Tracy or Matthew Rotundo. They landed this balloon in our field a couple of years ago. We would like to talk to them about possibly tethering balloon(s) in our fields on the Elkhorn River (just north of Elk City) for a Rotary benefit that we are hosting on October 28th. Please forward my email to them. Thanks

    1. Jay says:

      I will be happy to help. The balloon actually belongs to pilot Michael Jones. His Web site for the balloon is http://www.emeraldcityexpress.com. There is contact info on the site. I happen to know he is out of town on vacation this week.

      If he doesn’t respond promptly, email me at jlake@jlake.com.

  3. Stevie says:

    Lori
    I’m not keen on heights either but somehow being in a balloon basket isn’t the same as being at the top of a skyscraper.
    And Jay, I continue to hope that you and your daughter will someday do the balloon ascent at dawn over Luxor…

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