Day 535 In Beijing: Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Cappadocia, Landing on a Trailer.


Another group watched as we flew over them.

Another group watched as we flew over them.


After Jill agreed to be my fiancee, the balloon ride was about over.

Captain Mike brought us down to the ground and then he said, “I’m gonna land it on the trailer.  It makes it easier for my crew.”

From what it sounds like, these guys work long hours, and Captain Mike is a really decent guy who tries to make their jobs a bit easier.

The balloon lifted up off the ground, and into the air, about 10 feet above the ground, and the crew used the ropes to maneuver it onto the trailer.

It was  a pretty cool way of ending our flight and seeing just how masterful Captain Mike was as a pilot.

He’s been flying for over 20 years and really has a calm and peaceful attitude, even if his nickname is “Mad Mike” because he likes getting so close to the Fairy Chimneys and trees (we actually brushed the top of one with the bottom of our gondola.  It was exciting!).

I have to say that it was probably one of the best moments of my life and I don’t think there is any other way that I would have asked Jill to marry me.

I also don’t think she would have preferred to be asked in any other way.

It will be a memory that will last our whole lives together and is a testament to how we want to live and travel for as long as we can.




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