We're off to NYC in September so more of that later but for now it's all about the Balloon flight.
After a nightmare journey from hell home on Thursday night (including parking on the M1 for nearly 3 hours at 11pm) and after 2.5 hours sleep I woke up The Boy just after 4am and gently told him we had to leave in an hour.....
We left at 5.15am, coffee flasks in hand, bacon butties wrapped in foil, and set off for Ripley Castle. It was a quiet, still morning - not bright sunshine but clearing and misty in places. We arrived at Ripley Castle (just North of Harrogate) and helped to inflate the balloon
The rise up was so smooth, and we were soon up and off
it wasn't a very windy so we didn't travel very far butwere traveling at about 12 miles per hour and at one point were up at 3,600 ft above sea level. You could see far and wide but my favourite bit was the clouds reflected in the lake. Here's some pretty pictures: