When I retired after 31+ years of teaching, my family gave me a
balloon ride as a retirement present. After 3 cancellations - once
too much wind, once not enough wind and a major lightning storm for the
third, I finally lifted off on September 21. The view of Calgary
from a hot air balloon is tremendous. It was really interesting to
see familiar landmarks from a different perspective. I highly
recommend a balloon ride if you get the chance.