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Just another Friday morning in Yountville

by TrevR on February 15, 2008

As we made our daily stop for coffee this morning we noticed, just across the road, that several hot air balloons were launching. As is customary in these parts, when the weather is nice, the early morning sky is lined with hot air balloons.

As we sat there watching the balloons launch from right along the railroad tracks just inside the Domaine Chandon property in Yountville this morning, we were brought back to a time several years ago when we worked as part of the ‘chase crew’ for a summer. Let us just say–until you’ve milked the air out of one of these balloons after it’s landed, you haven’t lived.

Hot air balloon getting set to launch at Domaine Chandon on Yountville on 2-15-08

Hot air balloon being blown up in Yountville on 2-15-08

Hot air balloon liftoff in Yountville on 2-15-08

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, hot air balloons, Domaine Chandon, Napa balloon ride]

About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • http://winelimo.typepad.com/ Mark V Marino

    Hello,
    Russ introduced me to your blog, I am always in the area too doing wine tours.
    I just had to write and say your comment on milking the air from one of those big balloons was very evocative for me. It just made me think of the many things we do in our lives that alter our perspective of that thing for years to come.
    I guess you cannot look at one of those balloons without thinking of rolling it up and putting away for the day, whereas most people think of flying in it!
    I am enjoying your blog and you sometimes inform be of stuff I am not aware of which is good because it is my job to keep up with this stuff!
    Keep on writing!!

  • http://winelimo.typepad.com Mark V Marino

    Hello,
    Russ introduced me to your blog, I am always in the area too doing wine tours.
    I just had to write and say your comment on milking the air from one of those big balloons was very evocative for me. It just made me think of the many things we do in our lives that alter our perspective of that thing for years to come.
    I guess you cannot look at one of those balloons without thinking of rolling it up and putting away for the day, whereas most people think of flying in it!
    I am enjoying your blog and you sometimes inform be of stuff I am not aware of which is good because it is my job to keep up with this stuff!
    Keep on writing!!

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Thanks for the comment and for reading Mark–we enjoy your blog as well. It’s good to know that our posts are sometimes informative and yes, it is funny how our experiences shape our perspective on things. Cheers!

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Thanks for the comment and for reading Mark–we enjoy your blog as well. It’s good to know that our posts are sometimes informative and yes, it is funny how our experiences shape our perspective on things. Cheers!

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