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View from a hot air balloon of the Ohio River

View from a hot air balloon of the Racine Locks and Dam on the Ohio River

Cruising just above some low clouds in a hot air balloon

Beautiful view from a hot air balloon in Mason County, West Virginia

The above 4 photos were taken from a hot air balloon by David Riffle on Sept. 12, 2002. The photos show the Ohio River near Letart, West Virginia and Racine, Ohio, the Racine Locks and Dam on the Ohio River, the power plants near New Haven, West Virginia, and an aerial view of Route 2 near Point Pleasant, West Virginia. I'd like to thank the pilot of the hot air balloon, Bert Bratcher, for the "perfect" and "unforgettable" flight.

The view from a hot air balloon is breathtaking! Standing in a small open basket, you can see the beauty of nature in all directions: the sky above, the ground below, and 360 degrees full circle. When the burner isn't heating the balloon, you can't hear a sound (it's very peaceful). Having no control of wind direction or wind speed once in flight, part of the excitement of riding in a hot air balloon is not knowing where one will land. It's a lot of fun!



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