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West Side, Central Park Lake

26 July, 2008 (12:23)

west-side-and-lake-21321 West Side, Central Park Lake

balloon-takeoff-2163 West Side, Central Park Lake

san-ramos-balloon-21341 West Side, Central Park Lake

This morning. They were taking three at a time. Atmosphere wasn’t great, the usual summer haze in the morning; no clouds. I was nervous stepping into the thing but once it took off I felt more relaxed. It’s tethered, so it just goes up and down. You get hooked up to the basket and it’s close quarters. If the wind hits it the balloon spins around. Click, click, click. I had to hold on with one hand so all my shots were with the other hand. The ride lasts about ten minutes. I’m sure it’ll be pretty popular. I hope to go back again and try it at night. $25 for adults. It will be around for about a month.

Now, if they’d untether it and let it float around the park. That would be something. But I’m afraid it might get shot down. Apparently there were hundreds of permits to allow this.

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Comment from Craig M. Nisnewitz
Time: July 26, 2008, 6:05 pm

I want to try it. Where in Central Park is it?

Comment from dave
Time: July 27, 2008, 9:15 am

Just west of Bethesda Plaza - about 300 paces. You’ll see the balloon from there when it’s in the air.

Comment from Craig M. Nisnewitz
Time: July 27, 2008, 9:20 am

These are great photos.

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