Balloon Passenger

During the 1998 Silver Lake Serpent Festival at Perry, New York, I rode this serpent hot-air balloon over Silver Lake to see-if not the alleged creature, then its environs. (The photo was made just after touchdown, and I am the guy in the basket wearing the white shirt. The second photo is one I made from the flight.) This was a serene experience, except, in coming in for a landing, the balloonist had to add a sudden blast of fire so we would be lifted over power lines. (See my article, "The Silver Lake Serpent: Inflated Monster or Inflated Tale?" Skeptical Inquirer March/April 1999, 18-21.)

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