GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- As the winds died down Friday night at Green Grove Gardens in Greencastle, spirits were raised high -- some literally right off the ground.
Lois and John Lehman of Waynesboro, Pa., grinned and waved to family members as they gently were lifted into the sky aboard one of the 13 brightly colored hot air balloons featured at the events center's inaugural three-day balloon festival.
As their balloon rose slowly from the ground, the Lehmans' family and spectators applauded.
The balloon ride was a birthday gift to Lois from her family to celebrate her 70th birthday.
"I'm excited," Lois said prior to liftoff. It was her first experience "just floating along," she said.
Noel Lehman said her mother has been interested in balloons ever since one landed on the Lehmans' farm 30 years ago. She said she and her siblings decided it was "high time" their mother went up in one. She planned to join the chase crew to track her parents' journey and meet them when they landed.