Saturday, September 13, 2014

PHOTOS: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Posted By on Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 9:04 AM

The lack of wind meant traveling only 4.1 miles. But the hour-long ride over Spokane Valley aboard hot air balloon Spokane At Its Finest brought a relaxing end to the week. The sounds of the city hummed below, leaving the ride relatively quiet except for the occasional" whoosh" sound when balloon Owner Forey Walter turned the burners on. The three passengers and I looked over the edge of the basket, taking in the expanse of land surrounding us. Spokane At Its Finest will take part in the 7th Annual Balloons Over Valleyfest next weekend.

click to enlarge Chaser Dan Torkelson, right, and Pilot and Owner Forey Walter remove the basket from a trailer before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Chaser Dan Torkelson, right, and Pilot and Owner Forey Walter remove the basket from a trailer before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter climbs into the basket before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter climbs into the basket before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Chaser Dan Torkelson attaches shroud lines to the basket before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Chaser Dan Torkelson attaches shroud lines to the basket before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, and Chaser Dan Torkelson unfurl the envelope before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, and Chaser Dan Torkelson unfurl the envelope before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge "Spokane At Its Finest" is inflated before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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"Spokane At Its Finest" is inflated before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter pulls on a shroud line as the envelop is inflated before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter pulls on a shroud line as the envelop is inflated before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge "Spokane At Its Finest" is inflated before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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"Spokane At Its Finest" is inflated before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, turns on the burners as Gary Lynch, right, and Gail Bongiovanni hold onto the envelope before a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, turns on the burners as Gary Lynch, right, and Gail Bongiovanni hold onto the envelope before a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter turns on the burners during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter turns on the burners during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Passenger Shane Copenhaver photographs the landscape during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Passenger Shane Copenhaver photographs the landscape during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Passengers Jim Alford, left, and Tabina Al-Deik watch the landscape during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Passengers Jim Alford, left, and Tabina Al-Deik watch the landscape during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge The view east is photographed during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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The view east is photographed during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, points out landmarks to passenger Shane Copenhaver during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, points out landmarks to passenger Shane Copenhaver during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge The view northwest is photographed during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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The view northwest is photographed during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter turns on the burners during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter turns on the burners during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter turns on the burners during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter turns on the burners during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter looks towards a landing spot at the South Pines Cemetery during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter looks towards a landing spot at the South Pines Cemetery during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Passenger Tabina Al-Deik looks at the landscape during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Passenger Tabina Al-Deik looks at the landscape during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter eyes the landing spot at South Pines Cemetery during a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter eyes the landing spot at South Pines Cemetery during a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Chaser Dan Torkelson, top, pulls a line attached to the basket during the landing at South Pines Cemetery. - YOUNG KWAK
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Chaser Dan Torkelson, top, pulls a line attached to the basket during the landing at South Pines Cemetery.

click to enlarge Balloons Over Valleyfest Committee Chair Stephanie Hughes guides the basket to the final landing spot at South Pines Cemetery. - YOUNG KWAK
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Balloons Over Valleyfest Committee Chair Stephanie Hughes guides the basket to the final landing spot at South Pines Cemetery.

click to enlarge The envelope deflates after a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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The envelope deflates after a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, and Chaser Dan Torkelson deflate the envelope after a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, left, and Chaser Dan Torkelson deflate the envelope after a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, center, packs the envelope into a bag with the help of Chaser Dan Torkelson, left, and Gail Bongiovanni after a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, center, packs the envelope into a bag with the help of Chaser Dan Torkelson, left, and Gail Bongiovanni after a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge Balloons Over Valleyfest Committee Chair Stephanie Hughes, left, and Pilot and Owner Forey Walter tie the shroud lines before packing the last of the envelope into a storage bag after a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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Balloons Over Valleyfest Committee Chair Stephanie Hughes, left, and Pilot and Owner Forey Walter tie the shroud lines before packing the last of the envelope into a storage bag after a hot air balloon ride.

click to enlarge (Left to right) Passengers Shane Copenhaver, Jim Alford, Tabina Al-Deik, Chaser Dan Torkelson, Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, Balloons Over Valleyfest Committee Chair Stephanie Hughes and Gail Bongiovanni toast after a hot air balloon ride. - YOUNG KWAK
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(Left to right) Passengers Shane Copenhaver, Jim Alford, Tabina Al-Deik, Chaser Dan Torkelson, Pilot and Owner Forey Walter, Balloons Over Valleyfest Committee Chair Stephanie Hughes and Gail Bongiovanni toast after a hot air balloon ride.

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Young Kwak is a photographer at the Inlander. He has worked on stories ranging from silver mining and cattle ranching to car racing and backyard wrestling, learning a lot about the Inland Northwest in the process...