Western Spirit Balloon Tours and Events travel blog

Mary Jo in the Alien Bar

Jon bellied up to the Alien Bar


A character from one of the Alien movies

Silas at the Alien Bar

Al, Mary Jo and Gina having a latte at the Alien Bar

Our pilot, Patrick, imitating one of the baby faces on the wall!...

The view from the Castle

The Team doing some site seeing

Gruyere Valley







A piano in Gruyere Castle made for Franz Liszt abt 1835

Three generations of Carters!


Patrick and Eske discussing castle matters

Berne, Switzerland

Barba trip to Berne and the old clock tower


Barbs train to Berne! Wow!

It was Kid's Day today but the balloons could not fly. Lot's a school children descended upon the launch field in Chateau d'Oex. As is the custom, they were all given helium filled balloons to attach a note and then send to the sky. The hot air ship (blimp) did fly later in the afternoon to the delight of the kids.

The Western Spirit Team took the day to do some Switzerland touring. Barbara took the train to Berne, the capital of Switzerland. She had great fun and saw many sites. The rest of the Team went to Gruyeres Castle, the H R Geiger Alien Bar in Gruyere and did a little antiquing along the way. It was great fun and almost Spring like weather there in the afternoon.

We attended a wonderful party at Muir and Trisha Moffat's chalet tonight. Muir and Trisha are from Bristol, England and fly the Scottish Bag Piper balloon. Muir recited a Robert Burns quote over a haggis loaf that they brought from the UK. Wikipedia says that Haggis is the Scottish national dish and is yummy sheep and lamb organs in a sheep stomach. I am not certain if any of the Team took a taste or not but I can tell you, I didn't want to spoil my appetite for the chocolate fondue we had waiting at home! Now, that's yummy in my book!

We are hoping for the weather to clear but it is raining now and is 37 degrees. Bummer!

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