In the run up to Father’s Day we’re busy interviewing all the hero dads out there (which seen as every dad is a hero in our opinion, is quite a task!) Here we talk to Ken White about his 70th
birthday celebration in the skies with son Paul.
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Pictured above: Paul takes a selfie in the skies as his dad Ken admires the views.[/caption]
Ken and Paul’s Experience in the Sky:
Dad of two, Ken White had always wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride, so was over the moon when son Paul bought him a voucher for his 70th
Ken’s wife sadly passed away a few months before his birthday after becoming terminally ill, so instead of organising a party, Paul decided a much quieter party for two in the sky was perfect.
“A balloon flight is something I’ve always wanted to do,” says Ken.
“I’ve been adventurous for as long as I can remember, since I used to climb trees as a young boy. I love the outdoors, it keeps me healthy.”
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Pictured above: Sky-high adventure for Ken and Paul[/caption]
Paul also has a passion for the outdoors and enjoying it from the sky with his dad was a novel experience for him.
“Both Dad and I have a real sense of adventure and I wanted to do something special for his 70th
, especially after mum sadly passed away. I knew he would absolutely love it, and he absolutely did,” says Paul.
It was a glorious, calm day on their first scheduled flight, so the pair were lucky enough to fly first time.
“We got chatting to other passengers who had experienced a few weather cancellations
so we felt really lucky to have gone up first time,” says Ken.
Hot Air Balloon Ride over Cornwall
Launching from Launceston, Cornwall
just half an hour from their home town of Gunnislake, Ken, Paul and their fellow passengers were firstly invited to help inflate the balloon.
“Paul and I held onto the rope as the balloon was being inflated, I was a bit concerned that the balloon was going to take off with me at one point – but it was all part of the fun,” says Ken.
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Pictured above: Ken helps inflate the balloon[/caption]
“It was a strange sensation as we reached 4,000ft, but couldn’t feel any breeze. The burners keep you nice and warm and I was so busy taking in the scenery and chatting to Paul that the hour long experience quite literally flew by.”
“We spotted lots of our local landmarks like the reservoir - it was such a clear day we could see for miles.”
“It was so effortless and peaceful. Going up that early in the morning (6am) meant we could see the sunrise and watch the countryside wake up,” says Paul.
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Pictured above: Ken enjoys his ‘surprise’ Champagne toast.[/caption]
Nothing to Be Nervous About
Ken’s daughter Beth isn’t as adventurous as her dad and brother and the idea of heights doesn’t appeal to her, but Ken says he’s trying to convince her otherwise.
“I’ve been telling her there’s really nothing to be nervous about. I think a hot air balloon ride is something everyone should experience.”
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Pictured above: Ken helps pack away the balloon.[/caption]
The Next Adventure
Ken isn’t letting go of his adventurous side just yet and hopes to tick gliding
off his bucket list next!
Want to give your dad a real adventure? A balloon flight means your hero can finally fly….Treat him to a gift he’ll never forget this Father’s Day.
Buy dad’s ticket to the sky here