The champagne toast afterward. A common tradition among balloonists is to have a champagne toast upon landing. Legend has it that early French aeronauts carried champagne to appease angry or frightened spectators at the landing site. Along with the champagne, a popular toast among balloonists is: "soft winds and gentle landings" Many balloonists recite the Balloonists Blessing (author unknown) with the champagne toast:
The winds have welcomed you with softness
The sun has blessed you with warm hands
You have flown so high and so well
That God had joined you in your laughter
and set you gently back into the loving arms of mother earth.
Mom and I being silly!
Mom and Dad's cabin
The view of the Teton's from their porch...amazing and this picture doesn't do the view justice at all.A great view of the Gros Ventre River from one of the main areas of the ranch.
Mom and I in front of Lewis Falls in Yellowstone National Park.
Dad, Jay, and I in front of Lewis Falls.
Dad and I at Oxbow Bend. Also, a great view of Mt. Moran. Look at the reflection in the bend.
Jay, Mom, and I at Jackson Lake.
Dad and I inside the Old Faithful in (the largest solid wood structure in America). Check out the lady with the blue hat..very typical for the type of tourist you see walking around that place...ha :)
One of the many geysers we saw. The blue color in this one was simply amazing!
And another one...
Towards the end of the trip we came across a huge herd of buffalo hanging out by the river.
Mom and I at Lower Fall.
The campfire cookout.
Dad, Mom, and I at the campfire.
Dad and I.
Mom and I...great laughing picture!
Jenny, Mom, and I at the Couloir and underneath Corbet's. We had lunch and it was such a beautiful day. We were so happy Jenny could join us as well.
One of the many beautiful views that Mom and Dad enjoyed on their horse back rides.
Breakfast ride. It was early and cold but so worth it for the views and the yummy breakfast they prepared for us by the warm fire :)
Us and our horses...gitty up!
Dad and I before white water rafting.
Dad fly fishing on the Gros Venre river.
Mom gettin after it...she rounded the cattle like it was her job. Pretty sure they won the team pinning contest...yeah they are pretty bad ass :)
More cattle herding.
Yay! They won!
The Four Musketeers...they are so cute in their matching shirts. This was our last night at dinner before the rodeo.
Jay and I at the rodeo.
Awe aren't they so cute! I love them :) This was the last night and we went to the rodeo. They knew more people there then I did and I have lived here almost a year.
Well, I think that is all. We had such a fantastic time! I loved having them here so much and I loved the time we were able to spend together and the memories we created that will last forever. There was a lot of "stepping out of the box" on this trip...and I love that! I am pretty sure they will be returning to the ranch again next summer because they had such a grand time this trip. I miss them so much and wish they could be here more. But Mom is flying now so they can come anytime they want :) Good times, great company, lots of laughs...what more can you ask for...I LOVE YOU!
So, Jay and I will be flying to Atlanta October 30th for a few days so I can move my things out of my house and in to storage (a.k.a Mom and Dad's basement). I can't wait to see the family and go trick-or-treating with the little ones! After the few days at home, Jay and I are heading to Spain for just over 2 weeks of holiday! I am beyond excited about this trip and the adventures that lay ahead. Neither Jay nor I have been to Spain so it will be a first for both of us. I look forward to sharing our pictures and stories with you when we return. Lots of love, hugs, and kisses to all! See you soon :)