Western Spirit Balloon Tours and Events travel blog

Hog Heaven

Say Cheese!

It was cold at the top!

Interlaken from the top of Schilthorn

Tram to the top

Great shot Mike

A long ways down to the valley

















Jon and Mike

Today was declared a travel/no fly day. This was to complete the repairs on the valves in the propane tanks. We can report that the tanks should be ready to go by tomorrow morning. We expect to prep for a flight at 7 a..m. (Bronwyn says ouch!).

Today we drove with the whole team to take the gondola to Schilthorn. On the way there, we drove through beautiful Interlaken. On the way, during the gondola ride, we passed Gimmelwald, Murren and Birg, ending at Schilthorn. At the top we had drinks and snacks at the restaurant (rotating) featured in one of the 007 James Bond films. We saw the best views of the Eiger, Monch, and the Jungfrau which were spectacular.

Jon was reminded of his July, 1989 Gas Balloon flight from Stechelberg to Italy. He was part of an American Team that flew with German and Austrian pilots in the Fred Dalder Gas Balloon event. He stayed in Murren and had to take the cog rail each day down to the balloon launch site. After a seven day weather hold, they flew six gas balloons from deep in the Stechelberg valley up the face of the Monch, Eiger and Jungfrau and over the Alps.

Our German team member/pilots, Andreas and Bernhard, were planning to make our evening meal but we were all too tired so we dined on German wine, fruit, cheese and bread and off to bed.


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