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Karen and Lee Duquette's Hot Air Balloon Adventure
a birthday gift to Karen from Lee in 1991
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Below: When Karen Duquette walked into the kitchen she saw a hot air balloon spinning in a circle because it was attached to the kitchen ceiling fan.

hot air balloon and gift certificate

Below: The gift certificate that was attached to the hot air balloon. This was Lee's birthday gift to Karen.

Hot air balloon gift certificate
information about hot air balloons

Below: Watching the hot air balloon being set up.

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how to launch a hot air balloon
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Below: Lee Duquette was allowed to help inflate the hot air balloon.

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the hot air balloon Lee Duquette and the hot air balloon

Below:Time for Lee and Karen Duquette to get into the hot air balloon.

Lee and Karen Duquette at the hot air balloon firing up the hot air balloon

Below: Looking upwards at the hot air balloon as it fires up.

Looking upwards at the hot air balloon Firing up the hot air balloon
information about controlling the balloon

Lift off: The impression the basket left in the grass below - and the first takeoff photo.

impression the basket left in the grass below first takeoff photo
island view from the hot air balloon
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view from the hot air balloon

Below: Scenery views and another hot air balloon.

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another hot air balloon

It was a great experience, but unfortunately, the ride was cut short because the direction of the wind was about to take the hot air balloon over the Everglades, and that would not be a good thing because they could never land in the Everglades. Even though the ride was cut short, a partial refund was not given.

Years later, in 2012, when Karen and Lee went to the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Fiesta. Once again, Lee Duquette paid for a ride in a hot air balloon, but the day before the ride was cancelled due to expected weather. And guess what - the next day was nice, but they could not rebook the flight. BUMMER!!! Maybe someday they will get a third chance.