Nope, today was anything but typical. Typical would have been waking up this morning, driving my car to work and starting my day here at the Chamber at 8:00 a.m. Today was a little different. This morning at 8:00 a.m. rather than being in the office I was in a hot air balloon. Rather than looking out my office window, I got to take in the views of the Yampa Valley from high above town, where it is peaceful, calm and seemingly untouched. What an experience. My good fortune to start my day like this came from the owners of Wild West Balloon Adventures, Ian Cox and Shelley Felch, who were helping me write a piece for Steamboat Magazine about ballooning in the valley and about events like Steamboat’s Hot Air Balloon Rodeo in July. Trust me, it was a great way to start the day!

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