Thursday, October 2, 2008

My Birthday

A belated post for my birthday... Mike did it again... he surprised the heck out of me with a 3 a.m. drive to Tahoe for a hot air balloon ride! It was so fantastic! We took a boat out to the middle of the lake, where they inflated the balloon and took off. I never knew Lake Tahoe was so gorgeous! And blue! (I may just have to get myself one of those bumper stickers)

We went up pretty high (that's our boat on the left), but I wasn't nervous at all. The basket was really smooth and sturdy, and I couldn't tell we were up that high unless I looked over the edge. (It was only scary when Mike spit over the side to see how far up it was, and it took a good solid minute for it to get to where we couldn't even see it anymore.)

When we came back down we landed on the boat, which seemed an amazing feat to me, and then we got to watch from the basket as they wrestled the balloon to the deck (Mike even got to help) and rolled it up like a sleeping bag in an impossibly petite bag. And then, apparently as is tradition, we had champagne. More specifically, mimosas! Happy Birthday to me, indeed!

After that (oh yeah, there was more), we went for a hike around Emerald Bay, including a tour of Vikingsholm, and then gourmet pot pies for dinner in Placerville. Oh my, am I a lucky girl...


  1. its good to know about it? where did you get that information?

  2. happy belated birthday! what a wonderful surprise!!!

  3. Happy Belated Birthday!!! What a great guy -- and great surprise!

  4. Wow, your surprise´s wonderful!!!!
    Happy Belated Birthday!

  5. Happy Birthday - you were very good to humor a 3am start on such a special day!! I've always wanted to take a ride in a hot hair balloon - it looks just magical.

  6. A much belated happy birthday to you. And yet again, may I comment on what a fabulous guy you've got? What a totally amazing birthday surprise!