Well good morning Mr. Rachel,
"After having had the experience you offered, I have had time to reflect on it. You were correct in having my wife not surprise me with the experience, a trade to allow me to look forward to it ahead of time. Good call. I am, much to my continued surprise actually more excited afterwards after having the experience. Sue and I found it (your excursion) to be the focal point of much of our conversations over the next several days.
I very much appreciate the thought you put into our trip such as lowering us near the tree tops to fully appreciate the feel of flying, same with the farmer’s field. As an aside, as an engineer I really appreciate how you masterfully kept the altitude in tight bounds when across the field, especially when one understands the latency between control and reaction.
Out of all the excellent things that occurred that day, we really appreciate the time you took for us after the flight and the humble ceremony. These days that kind of attention to detail seems to be found less frequently".
Matt and Sue Bridge
"I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank you for helping make me and my wife's first wedding anniversary very special. By agreeing to fly us on your day off without having ever even met us proves that there are still kind and decent people in this world of ever growing bitterness and selfishness.
You and your crew were both extremely professional and charming and made the entire experience enjoyable from the very beginning to the very end. I have and will continue to tell all my friends and associates what a joy the excursion was and highly recommend your business and services. The ceremony at the end of the day was quiet interesting and entertaining to say the least. I have to say I never saw that one coming. My wife was trying to remember as much of the history of ballooning story you recited to us as possible. I'm afraid we can't recall it in its entirety as you related it. IF you happen to have it written down or can email it to us so we can put it in our anniversary album we would both be very appreciative.
I have enclosed hats for you and your crew of the 2nd Infantry Division. Although I am a Paratrooper that was originally with the 1st 507th Parachute Infantry Regiment, I did both of my Iraqi tours with Apache Company, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Division Stryker Brigade Combat Team in 06-07 and 09-10, so I thought it appropriate to give you guys something that was representative of who and where I have been while deployed. I know it's not much, but I hope when you look on it you remember us as fondly as we do you guys.
Hope all is well with you and your crew and thank you for everthing."
Cpl Sutton, Kevin B.
A-Co 1st Bat 23rd IN Rgt