Up, Up and Away

It is balloon!
It is balloon!

“After us they’ll fly in hot air balloons, coat styles will change, perhaps they’ll discover a sixth sense and cultivate it, but life will remain the same, a hard life full of secrets, but happy. And a thousand years from now man will still be sighing, Oh! Life is so hard! and will still, like now, be afraid of death and not want to die.” Anton Chekhov

24 thoughts on “Up, Up and Away

    1. That’s surprising Dawn because the fans that blow them up in the beginning are the only really loud things. I guess some have larger engines. People on horseback used to wave at me on my motorcycle and I thought they were being friendly until one yelled at me to slow the F*** down!

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      1. This thing, on a calm Malibu morning, broke the silence with hiss and fire, echoing through the hallow and down to the corrals. The horses spooked and ran and bucked — the large propane dragon spitting flames above their heads. Quite a sight! :))

        But another day, I was mounted on my horse — on a steep drop-off mountain trail, no less, when I heard a BIG explosion. My horse spooked in place — fortunately, we were fine (good horse!!!) It was so loud I thought a water heater must have exploded in a house below us, but no smoke. Nothing amiss. It was not til the next day that I learned what it actually was: the Space Shuttle setting off a giant sonic boom on its way to land at Edwards AFB!!! It must have come down directly over us!

        Yikes! The things you cannot predict! :)) Motorcycles, helicopters, mountain bikes (worst on a steep single-track trail coming straight at us!), loud-irrational-movement remote-controlled (toy) trucks in the field next to us . . . Big rigs, fire trucks, sirens. Plastic white pipes falling off an SUV onto the street adjacent to us, like so many pick-up sticks . . . Quail flushing with flapping wings. Deer leaping through the woods. Bear. OSTRICHES!!! (my horse really lost it over that one!!!) . . . Tough to get a horse good enough to handle all that! :)) Makes you appreciate all those Amish horses in your area are exposed to :))


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