leehoward and Pamela had to get up really early that morning to meet the Balloonist Team in Napa at 5:45 at the Napa Marriott. Trying to catch the sunrise, so needing to be there on time and dressed for anything. Having checked the weather channel on their phones the night before, they knew it would be clear and sunny out all morning.They awoke very early that morning. They needed to meet the Ballooning team by 5:45 at the Napa Marriott. The team wanted to catch the morning sunrise over the Napa Valley and that was fine with them.
They started the day with a smoothie consisting of: 2 carrots, one pice of celery, strawberries form their garden, raspberries, blueberry Kefir, and Raw, fresh Apple Juice form Sebastopol. Their daughter, Karanina Leigh had flown in for the occasion; Pamela’s 50th Birthday weekend Celebration! So, here they were a happy family once again- just as they had always been, as she was growing up they did so many fun things together as a family, her life was filled with fitness and adventure!
They dressed in layers, and got there in time. Terry the Balloonist met us with a smile, and introduced us to the 2 other sets of people they would be flying with .
They drove out to the embarkation point and fired up the propane that filled the ballons with hot air. Wow- what a cool thing to watch happen. There were 6 passengers plus the driver, Marty in the basket. In they went. It was comfortable. Not knowing what to expect, one must just throw oneself into the experience. They were snapping pictures and getting their iphones ready to take video. Slowly lifting off, the sun rose to meet them on the Eastern horizon. It was stunning, we, rising , with the sun as we both blessed the day and earth gave way to sky and all to be seen was the whole of the Napa Valley below. Breathtakingly beautiful at 1400 feet. No, it wasn’t cold, nor was it choppy.Drifting slowly over the society like this, one reflects on how small we are.
“This is a great way to stay fit- even though we’re standing here looking over the edge of this basket”, Pamela suddenly reflected for all to hear, though she was speaking to lee and Karanina.
“Our thoughts are active yet stilled in this immense high clear air. Our phones, emails, and technology is off, we are just drifting with the wind, combing along the currents of air, the sun helps us rise, our minds are in the present moment. Right here, Right Now. This is fitness, too; mental and metaphysical fitness. We aim at being ‘conscious’ citizens, not asleep- not listening to the raging talk radio- turning off the TV; thinking for ourselves, making our own choices; especially in regards to eating, nutrition, how we treat each other- all of this is a part of ‘fitness”, she said.
As the Balloon slowly made its way back to earth, they all breathed a sigh of relief; nice to back on land. A replenishing experience, handled by experts and craftsman, we never felt in danger. Handing us a bottle of Gloria Ferrer Champagne at the end was a nice touch too. Well done. The three of them hugged, and got into their black 2012 Prius and quietly sped off into the the day and the next adventure– a great family, laughing and enjoying their lives together.
Staying Fit is alot more than just exercising- its an all around lifestyle that balances
Life/Work/Fitness and Staying Active. One doesn’t have to be a teenager to build strong muscles.
-Over and Out.