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2 nonagenarians cross off riding in hot air balloon from their bucket lists

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The hot air balloon ride on Sunday covered approximately 14 miles. The hot air balloon ride on Sunday covered approximately 14 miles.
FRANKLIN, TN (WSMV) -

A group of people got together in Franklin on Sunday to help Chick McNish, 96, and Shirley Bachelder, 93, live their dream.

Shirley had been wanting to go up in a hot air balloon for 50 years.

"It's on my bucket list, you know," she said.

So has Chick.

"This is great for him; it's been on his bucket list forever," said Kent McNish.

Both of them bundled up, got some instructions and then were off for the hot air balloon ride of a lifetime.

Although it was cold on the ground, the heat from the flames keeping the balloon up in the air kept things nice and toasty while the group got a view of Williamson County they never thought they'd ever see.

It just couldn't get any better than this for these two, who have already seen so much in their 90-plus years.

"The beautiful little roads and the cute little ways; it was like playing dolls," Shirley said.

After about an hour in the air, the balloon touched down in a country field.

"My feet are a little cold, but otherwise, I'm good," Chick said.

Chick is satisfied, but Shirley has one more thing on her bucket list she'd like to scratch off: taking a trip to Ireland.

The hot air balloon ride covered about 14 miles and was put together by people who go to church with Shirley as a way of honoring a special lady.

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