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Monday, June 28, 2004

Above Baltimore

hiflyer_balloon_daytime

Here are photos from yesterday's ride on the Port Discovery HiFlyer Balloon. In addition to the higher quality images posted here, I moblogged the boarding, takeoff, view from the top, and landing from my Sidekick. The weather was excellent, and there wasn't much of a wait. It's been a little over a year since I took my last ride, and that was at night.

The HiFlyer is one of the most enchanting attractions anywhere, and very unique in North America with only one other installation in Niagra Falls. I dearly wish they could overcome the bureaucratic hurdles to get these set up in other cities. One in Brooklyn to take in the view of Manhattan would be very nice. Baltimore's installation has been struggling since 9/11 in addition to downtime from bad weather and repairs. So I highly recommend visiting the website to get hours and fees to plan a visit in support of this wonderful experience. The balloon will operate into October, and hopefully return next year.

Update 7/17/04: The balloon was grounded today when a mechanical failure stranded 15 passengers in the air for 90 minutes during high winds. There were only minor injuries. See the AP story on the WBAL web site and my moblog photos of the breaking news on local TV.

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Comments

Far too many things I missed doing while I lived in Baltimore, and the balloon was one of them. And I lived just around the corner from it too! Pretty awesome shots.

Posted by: Paulo at Jul 2, 2004 12:34:50 AM

Actually, Philadelphia also has one at the Philadelphia Zoo. :-)

Posted by: Neil at Jul 8, 2004 11:51:49 AM