A Big Orange Balloon

I took a little trip 400+ feet into the air this morning.


As part of the redevelopment of the former El Toro Airport and Marine base into Orange County Great Park, this wonderful orange sphere (Get it? Being in Orange County known at one time for large orange orchards) will take you up 250-500 feet into the air for FREE in 2007 2008 and beyond.

At over 1,300 acres, this will be one of the largest parks in Southern California with lakes, man made canyons, trails, sport fields and a museum district all within. Sadly it will still be located in Orange County.

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The coastal haze sat around the region like thinned out cotton balls this morning so I would pegged visibility at just under a mile. Though floating in a stationary position just tethered to the ground, a sub standard view is plenty to keep you (actually me) distracted from that thing called a slight fear of heights.

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After 15 minutes** up in the completely enclosed 30 person ring shaped cage, the cable gently pulled us down to Terra Firma with a soft thud. My stomach couldn't have been happier.

Just off the 5, just a few miles north of the Irvine Spectrum.

** I go up about once a month and as it gets more crowded (mid-day), they sometimes go up, stop for only a couple minutes and then bring you right down. Still free, so I can't complain much.


  1. Anonymous10:53 AM

    We're going tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving, RD. Missed you much Wednesday.


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