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Have you ever been on a hot air balloon?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Spiderman, Jan 29, 2020.

  1. Spiderman

    Spiderman Veteran Member

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    Did you enjoy it? I'd love to try that on the other side.

    It was the first flight.

    A French invention.
     
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    Once.
    Little scary, great views, landing was brutal.
     
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  3. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Yes, there are several montgolfiere companies near where i live. Summer mornings are best. But take something warm, even in summer with that flame roaring over your head it can get chilly up there.

    Even low flying
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  4. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    Never have.
    Neve will.
    My feet prefer being on solid ground....or at least snow.
     
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  5. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Like driving Mr Van or petting your pet steam engine it can be unexpectedly relaxing and enjoyable
     
  6. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    Too long a way down.
     
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  7. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I went to Rocamadour a couple of years ago to see the montgolfière show

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    Also google "the black Madonna Rocamadour" i think you will find it interesting. One bit that fascinated me is a sword stuck in the mountain, the story goes

    The Archangel hurled the sword from the Pyrenees straight into Rocamadour’s cliff

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  8. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    Its not heights that are the problem

    To quote Terry Pratchett
    “Tiffany was not afraid of heights at all. She could walk past tall trees without batting an eyelid. Looking up at huge towering mountains didn’t bother her a bit.
    What she was afraid of, although she hadn’t realized it up until this point, was depths.”


    It takes some getting used to just having a wicker basket between you and the floor 1000 feet below. But i was assured it is safe.
     
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    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    It's the hitting the ground I fear.
     
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    The first untethered flight was French but it wasfirst invented in the 18th century the Portuguese Jesuit priest Bartolomeu de Gusmão
     
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  11. The Hammer

    The Hammer White Wolf - kvite ulfh
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    I wouldn't fear that, you (more than likely) wouldn't feel anything.
     
  12. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    As i said, depths, you dont fall up
     
  13. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    That's the problem.....not feeling anything ever again.
     
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  15. The Hammer

    The Hammer White Wolf - kvite ulfh
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    It's going to happen when it happens, you can't change that. May as well go out on a limb and enjoy all life has to offer.

    "Cowards die many times before their deaths; The valiant never taste of death but once.” (Julius Caesar, Act II, Scene 2)
     
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  16. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    Old Revoltistanian saying.....
    The brave die only one death, but it comes soon.
    Cowards live on to enjoy life.
     
  17. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि
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    I’d rather jump out of a plane.
     
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  18. Twilight Hue

    Twilight Hue The gentle embrace of twilight has become my guide

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    Nope but it did trigger this in my head....

     
  19. Jim

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    I’ve never been on one. I might have been in a basket hanging underneath one.
     
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  20. sun rise

    sun rise "This is the Hour of God"
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    Can we call those who fear such things a "basket case"?
     
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