Our Northwest

Soaring over the Pacific Northwest in a hot air balloon

Friday, January 1, 2010by  Christa VanWieringen

Hot air balloons in flightIt's a bird!

It's a plane!

No, It's not Batman, it's a hot air balloon!

The WALLY Team has been racking up the miles and having fun while exploring all things Oregon this summer. This past weekend, we ventured down to Tigard, Oregon and attended the annual Festival of Balloons. Up, up and away these balloons flew high above the sky soaring over the Pacific Northwest. Each balloon may be round but they all had unique designs -- from the full spectrum of the rainbow, to one that even looked like a skunk!

Did you know that the first hot air balloon to take flight was in 1783? Its first passengers are said to be a duck, sheep and rooster! Since then, many hot air balloon enthusiasts have flown them all over the world, even crossing the ocean.

Have you ever wished that you had the superpower ability to fly? Well, you can! To fly a hot air balloon, you must have a pilot's license. This means logging the required amount of flight time in training, passing the tests and being approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. What better place to complete your training than in the Pacific Northwest with its breathtaking views?

The WALLY Team had a great time at the festival and we're excited to attend another hot air balloon festival in July. We're looking forward to seeing plenty more balloons at Balloons over Bend, and we hope to see you there, too!

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