UP, UP AND AWAY

Stanchel woman, 90, ful­fils dream of rid­ing in hot-air bal­loon

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE -

A photo spread cap­tures a 90-year-old Is­land woman’s first ride in a hot-air bal­loon

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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.

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Theresa Kelly, right, and her grand­daugh­ter, Tara Fu­lop, left, look right at home from their lofty hot-air bal­loon van­tage point.

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Fred Nes­bitt, left, and Tara Fu­lop, right, help P.E.I. Bal­loon Ad­ven­tures’ Dawn Nowak in­flate a bal­loon for a ride Thurs­day.

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Theresa Kelly, right, talks with her grand­daugh­ter Tara Fu­lop while they wait to take their hot-air bal­loon ride.

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Fred Nes­bitt, left, Theresa Kelly, cen­tre, and Tara Fu­lop help hold down a hot-air bal­loon as they get ready for their ride.

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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.

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P.E.I. Bal­loon Ad­ven­tures owner Frank Nowak ig­nites the burn­ers on his hot-air bal­loon Thurs­day as he read­ies it for a flight.

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