We had an unexpected visitor — or group of visitors — to the farm last night. It was actually the first time in probably 20 years that something like this happened. A hot air balloon decided to land on my family’s farm.

It was a beautiful evening for a ride, but the wind was not cooperating.

I kept hearing the swoosh of the gas and the flames as they were pushed up into the neck of the balloon and thought to myself, “boy, they don’t seem to be moving very fast. Maybe they are taking in the changing colors on the trees?”

Then I looked over into one of the cattle pastures and there it was. A patchwork hot air balloon was falling from the sky.

I ran to see what was going to happen next. The operator yelled across the pasture and asked if it was OK to land. I said, “Yes!” The next question was, “Can we get a van back here?”

My response, “Oh.. Oh! That’s going to be a problem!” The area had received a good deal of rain, and it was just starting to dry out after two days of sunshine.

To make a long story short, we got the basket and the balloon and all of the people in it out of the pasture with the help of the Kubota all-terrain vehicle, and all was good.

It was interesting to talk to the people who were riding in it. I was surprised to learn that not everyone welcomes the balloon landing on their property and that sometimes cattle are just curious creatures!

Kristy Foster Seachrist lives in Columbiana County raising sheep and horses with her husband, Kurt. She earned her degree from Youngstown State University and has worked in both print and broadcast journalism.
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