Australia:Early Morning Balloon Ride

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Balloon Launch, Near Alice Springs.

The perfect way to start a day.

Rising before dawn, I looked with much anticipation to  my first ever balloon flight, to make it even better, I was  going on my maiden flight in the middle of the outback of Australia.
It was still dark as we approached  the launch site, preparing the balloon in the dark was quite an adventure, not knowing what to do lead to much confusion on the part of us green horns. We were mainly reduced to observers as the crew prepared for the flight.

There would be a covey of four balloons in our fleet, it was quite a sight as the burners were lit and the balloons began to inflate just as the sun began to rise above the horizon.

I was fortunate enough to be in the last balloon to launch, which gave me the opportunity to observe the others ascending into the early morning light.
As we quietly floated above the desert, the many inhabitants of the land were quietly awakening and beginning to forage for breakfast.

Kangaroos, Wallabies, Dingos, and birds of all descriptions were roaming about, oblivious to our presence.

What a beautiful sight! As the sun rose higher and higher in the sky, the landscape changed by the minute.

Being totally engulfed in the moment, time passed quickly, soon our descent began and it was time to come back down to earth.

Lightly touching the earth, our next task was to fold the balloon, load it on the trailer to ready it for flight the next morning.

Now it was time for our reward, a Champagne Breakfast. Making a table on the trailer, champagne, wine, cheeses, and all the trimmings were presented for our enjoyment.

Returning back to our hotel by mid-morning, we still had plenty of time to enjoy the sights of Alice Springs.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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A small town traveler finds adventure and intrigue while investigating a new found spirituality. Learning self-discovery and new age thought the author ventures on a journey to the outback of Australia where he learns the ways of the aborigines and in the process discovers a new way of life. Less Beginning in America’s heartland follow the author into a foreign land and culture, travel to the outback of Australia and discover the ways and teachings of the Australian aborigine. Discover with the author a journey of self-discovery and of a way of life and culture that is slowly being forgotten and lost.

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