Wendy and I are in the Cappadocian region of central Turkey. The landscape here is quite amazing: it's filled with fairy chimneys, lava flows, caves, and ancient underground cities.
To better explore it, we took a hot air balloon ride this morning. (This was our second balloon trip: the first was 20 years ago in the Masai Mara in Kenya).
We lifted off right after sunrise. Here, a sister balloon rises with us. If you've ever flown in a balloon, then you know just how quiet and peaceful it is.
Thirty other balloons flew with us this morning -- and they each caught a different set of wind currents.
Flying past ancient caves.
Going over a village. An early rising farmer waves to us.
Flying over some gorgeous land features.
Looking down on pinnacles and chimneys.
Wendy and I are back on the ground after our hour-long flight. It was a great way to start the day, and a wonderful way to explore Cappadocia.