A hot-air balloon that floated above the grassy field at David Starr Jordan Middle School on Monday carried some special passengers — two teachers and three administrators — much to the amazement of the students dozens of feet below.
Because the balloon, named “Lofty Idea,” needed to share the skies with traffic from Bob Hope Airport, it didn’t get too far above the field, where ropes tethered it to a trio of pickup trucks.
The balloon’s appearance followed two balloon-themed science projects that math and science teachers Sarah Reed and Catherine Eskandar conducted earlier this year.
Weeks ago, the two teachers and their students released dozens of helium balloons. Attached to the balloons’ strings were stamped post cards addressed to Jordan Middle School asking whoever found them to mail them back to the school.
The students later mapped out the locations where the postcards landed. Escondido, Long Beach and the Mojave Desert were some of the areas in which the balloons were found.
PHOTOS: Hot air balloon at Jordan Middle School