Hot Air Balloon Flight
Early in the morning, before sun-up, Grandma Bert is excited about her very first balloon ride.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon is being inflated. It took about 10 minutes using truck and van headlights by which to work.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon is nearly inflated and very soon will pop straight upwards while still tied to the ground.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon is up and nearly full of hot air. You can see the flame from the gas-fueled fire shooting hot air into the balloon.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Grandma and Grandpa's balloon is airborne. From it they could see another balloon in the pre-dawn sky. Notice the flame near the basket shooting hot air into the balloon to make it go higher.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The yellow and blue balloon is still following Grandma and Grandpa's balloon.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Grandma's shot shows the city, the Nile River and three balloons.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
One of your grandparents' first views from the balloon ride, which took place near the Valley of the Queens across the Nile from the city of Luxor.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon passes silently above a cluster of homes.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon is passing over some ruins.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Grandpa got this magnificent shot of Medinet Habu, the funerary temple of Ramses III.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
How beautful the homes and lush vegetation look from the air and so near the barren desert of Egypt.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Another view of Medinet Habu temple.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The view toward the mountains, with the desert beyond.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Grandma Bert doesn't appear to be enjoying the flight, but actually, her eye was bothering her. As it happened, she had a detached retina, which was repaired successfully after she returned home from Egypt.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
A farm seen from the balloon above.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
A home nestled among lush trees in the desert.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The ground crew for the balloon follows it to its landing site.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Because it is so hot, many Egyptians sleep on the roofs of their homes. Can you see any people or beds in this photo?
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Haven't we seen this farm from another direction earlier? How could that be?
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The sun is starting to come up. What a site from the balloon!
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The sun is peeking over the horizon across the Nile River.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Now the sun is almost fully up.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Almost, but not quite up.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The sun is up and another day begins. The Nile River is visible at the bottom of the picture.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
How many balloons can you see on the west side of the Nile?
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
It seems there may be some people sleeping on the roof of this house.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon ride ends with a gentle landing in the Sahara.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon is kept inflated. Another group is coming to fly even further into the desert.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Before anyone knew it, the pilot had jumped out of the balloon's basket to ask everyone how they liked the flight. He was Spanish, not Egyptian.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The next group of passengers is helped into the balloon. They won't get to see the sun come up. Too bad.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
The balloon is ready for its next flight.
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot Air Balloon Flight
Hot air balloons seen from the west bank of the Nile over Luxor.
Hot Air Balloon Flight