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Hello Dreamers

Posted on: June 19, 2010

“Dreams are necessary to life.” – Anais Nin

Welcome to my new blog. This blog is for writers, readers, travelers, dreamers and interesting people of all ages. I hope you enjoy my blog, and I welcome all comments, suggestions and ideas.

Here is my first post.

June was a month for some of my dreams to become reality.  For many years I have wanted to go up in a Hot Air Balloon.  On June 5, 2010, that dream was realized.  My dear hubby surprised me with a gift of a Hot Air Balloon ride for my birthday. It took us three tries, but eventually the weather was perfect and I was able to ascend in the balloon.

Filling the balloon with hot air
Ready to go and so excited
Then we were off

The trip was amazing.  We floated over farms, forests and fields with Mount Baker, Washington in clear view.  There was no feeling of movement, just the sensation of being suspended in air. Like Arianna in Jane Urquhart’s Changing Heaven, I felt as light as milkweed. 

Stunning views of Mount Baker
Floating over the BC countryside
Could I be any happier?
Firing the balloon to keep it afloat

Our seasoned aeronaut landed the balloon in a field of clover so gently we didn’t realize we were back on the ground.  The evening ended with the traditional glass of champagne as the sun set behind the mountains.  A perfect end to a perfect day.    

Landing in a field of clover
The end of a perfect day

We all helped unroll the balloon before it was filled with hot air. Then we helped to roll it up again at the end of the flight. Hubby took pictures, then jumped in the car and met us at the field to take more pictures and help put the balloon away. I took pictures of the scenery while up in the air.

It was certainly a dream come true, one I will never forget. Thanks to hubby for making it happen.


31 Responses to "Hello Dreamers"

Hi Darlene – looks good. Keep writing. Paul

Thanks Paul. Now to keep it up.

Hi Darlene!
Your balloon ride finally happened….fantastic!
You will always be able to claim that at leaast on one occaision your “head was in the clouds”!
Keep up the adventures!

Hi Darlene!
Another travel blog was born! People who like to travel is the happiest people because they see the whole wide world! We also dream of flying in a balloon and someday soon the dream is also realized. Good luck in the new endeavor with the blog! It is not easy, but very interesting!

Not quite brave enough to do this! I’m afraid of heights but I’m thinking i just might try it sometimes. Looks like you were enjoying it!

It was so wonderful. I felt like I was in a dream. It was not scary at all.

I like to start at the beginning …. but no doubt will jump all over the place getting a sense of you and your blog. I’m inspired by writers…..Louise

That is so cool. I am sure my posts got better over the years.

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Darlene, what a wonderful way to introduce your blog! I love it. And here you are 10 years later so successful. Congrats! So glad we discovered each other all those years ago. 🙂 ~Terri

Thanks! I can’t believe it has been ten years since I started this blog. I’m so glad we met in cyberspace as well. xo

Reblogged this on Darlene Foster's Blog and commented:

Happy blog anniversary! My blog is ten years old today, can you believe it. I seem to have learned a few things in ten years and gained some new followers, so I’ve updated my first post and thought I would share it since many of you would not have seen it. Thank you to all of you who have faithfully followed me over the years!

So ver6 cool dear friend …as always I am so proud to have been able to tag along with you these past 10 years…well done …your dreams are inspirational to many. Happy anniversary.❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Thanks so much, Jayne. It’s been good to have you along on my crazy ride. xo

Wow, what a fantastic birthday present from you hubby for this hot air balloon ride, Darlene. It must be a thrilling experience!

It was the best gift ever! Very thrilling and everything I thought it would be and more.

I’m afraid of height, so I didn’t put this on my bucket list. I always love to see photos of the hot air balloons.

Congratulations on your 10th blog anniversary. Here’s to the next ten. I’m so envious of your hot air balloon trip – it’s one of the things on my bucket list. One day 🙂

Thanks, Mary. I hope you get to go on a hot air balloon ride one day. It is incredible!

Oh, that sounds wonderful! Thank you for sharing all the photographs to give us a good sense of what a balloon ride is really like.

Glad you enjoyed it, Liz. It was wonderful!

After reading about your experience, taking a balloon ride just might have to go on my bucket list.

[…] Darlene launched her blog in 2010 when she made a dream come true in a hot air balloon. […]

I remember reading this – then and cannot believe I did not comment. A wonderful experience and a wonderful start to a great decade. Congrats!!

Yes, you were one of the firsts. What a great ten years it has been!!

Congratulations on your 10th blogging anniversary, Darlene! Thanks for sharing your hot air balloon experience, beautiful views and photos. #senisal

Thanks, Natalie! Pleased you enjoyed it.

What a wonderful gift, the gift of flight! Glad you had a marvelous experience. What an uplifting way to start your blog! ; )

It was the perfect gift!! Glad you enjoyed it.

Lovely post, Darlene, with some great photos.

Thanks, Stuart. I felt like I was on my amazing hot air balloon ride again after reading about your flight.

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