UP, UP AND AWAY
Stanchel woman, 90, fulfils dream of riding in hot-air balloon
A photo spread captures a 90-year-old Island woman’s first ride in a hot-air balloon
It seems like the sky is the limit as the P.E.I. Balloon Adventures hot-air balloon floats into the air near Hunter River Thursday with its passengers and a pilot onboard. Theresa Kelly lived out a lifelong dream of riding in a hot-air balloon thanks to her granddaughter, Tara Fulop, who took her on Thursday. The 90-year-old Stanchel woman, who has always wanted to see where she lived from the air, told her granddaughter that she would like to go up in a hot-air balloon or helicopter. After a previously planned helicopter trip fell through, P.E.I. Balloon Adventures in Hunter River provided the ride, taking off from a small field a few kilometres away from the community.
Theresa Kelly, right, and her granddaughter, Tara Fulop, left, look right at home from their lofty hot-air balloon vantage point.
Fred Nesbitt, left, and Tara Fulop, right, help P.E.I. Balloon Adventures’ Dawn Nowak inflate a balloon for a ride Thursday.
Theresa Kelly, right, talks with her granddaughter Tara Fulop while they wait to take their hot-air balloon ride.
Fred Nesbitt, left, Theresa Kelly, centre, and Tara Fulop help hold down a hot-air balloon as they get ready for their ride.
Fred Nesbitt, left, and Tara Fulop hold open a hot-air balloon as a fan inflates it before their trip near Hunter River Thursday night.
P.E.I. Balloon Adventures owner Frank Nowak ignites the burners on his hot-air balloon Thursday as he readies it for a flight.