First-time balloonist says trip was ‘wonderful’
Chet Wheelock flew over his farm and rural Carlton last night
KENT – He waited a long time to finally go up in the air, and Chet Wheelock says his debut hot-air balloon ride surpassed his expectations.
“It was wonderful,” Wheelock said today after his journey in the sky last night aboard the “Yeowza” balloon piloted by Greg Livadas of Penfield.
Wheelock, an 82-year-old farmer, was given the trip as a Father’s Day present. It had to be postponed until the weather cooperated.
Wheelock flew over the trees with his daughter Peggy Bropst, grandson Jeremy Mikels and great-grandson Mason Mikels.
“You don’t feel any wind up there,” Wheelock said. “You’re traveling with the wind. It’s as still as can be.”
The balloon took off over his farm on Kent Road and passed over cornfields, the Oak Orchard River, Brown’s Berry Patch, and the Harbor Pointe Country Club before settling at the Riverview Camp Site on Park Avenue in Waterport. They were up in the air about an hour.
Afterwards, they celebrated the voyage with cheese, crackers and some champagne.
“It was great, Wheelock said. “I’d love to do it again.”