Live Your Dreams…

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Last weekend, Bend gas station owner Kent Couch settled down in his lawn chair with some drinks and snacks – and a parachute.

Attached to the lawn chair were 105 balloons of various colors, each 4 feet around. Bundled together, the balloons rise three stories high.

Couch carried a global positioning system device, a two-way radio, a digital camcorder and a cell phone. He also had instruments to measure his altitude and speed and about four plastic bags holding five gallons of water each to act as a ballast – he could turn a spigot, release water and rise.

Destination: Idaho.

Nearly nine hours later, Couch was short of Idaho. But he was 193 miles from home, in a farmer’s field near Union, having crossed much of Oregon at 11,000 feet and higher…

…Why would Couch try such a flight?

“When you’re a little kid and you’re holding a helium balloon, it has to cross your mind,” he told the Bend Bulletin.

Read more here.

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2 Responses to “Live Your Dreams…”

  1. Jocelyndixon Says:

    That is interesting. I am glad to see you posting more!

    Sorry we didn't get to talk! drat!

    Jocelyn

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  2. It's definitely something I've wondered about… how many balloons would it take…?

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