One of the most thrilling sights of the trip was that of the Willamette River which winds through Oregon's capitol city, Salem. The river was spectacular--I couldn't help noticing the island near Marion Street Bridge is heart-shaped. The island is a designated rookery where Blue Herons and other wild birds nest.
Just after I shot the Heart of the River, our helmsman began to lower the balloon toward the river.
A lady standing on the shore urged him to get a little closer--and he did!
We were so close to the water I caught this picture of myself taking a picture. Then our helmsman actually dipped the basket of the balloon into the water of the river! We were so close to the riverbank we bumped a boat moored at the edge and the basket caught for a moment on the side of a dock before we shot straight up the face of a wall of trees growing on the edges of the waterway.
What an adventure! More pictures to come!!!
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