Seeing this man being few inches from the burner, I wonder how tough it is to fire up a hot air balloon. My grim imagination began to run, what if the burner fails? What if it burns the balloon? What if one of the ropes holding the passenger turns loose? But then times like this, you take a pause and just let the fun thoughts take over. It must be great seating there, underneath a huge floating gas bag, slowly rising from the ground.
Of course, it isn’t just simply a huge gas bag. It is a floating Science. A by-product of a collaborative work from mathematicians, chemists and inventors. Who will not enjoy watching those buoyant balloons gliding up? My friends and I did.
“The best way of travel, however, if you aren’t in any hurry at all, if you don’t care where you are going, if you don’t like to use your legs, if you don’t want to be annoyed at all by any choice of directions, is in a balloon. In a balloon, you can decide only when to start, and usually when to stop. The rest is left entirely to nature.” `
~ William Pene du Bois, The Twenty-one Balloons