Air Balloon Ride: One More Thing Crossed Off the Ol' Bucket List
I just realized that since I've been working so hard on decorating our place, I haven't made any other fun posts to this blog in a long time. I used to post photos of our trips, random findings on the internet, or environmentally friendly products that I liked, but I've been really slacking lately...
That's why I've decided that I am going to start posting on a weekly basis again and that I'll even go back in very recent history and post photos and things that I forgot to share with you.
Today's post is very recent though, it's from yesterday's balloon ride. About three years ago I bought an air balloon riding package for my hubby, and after 4 failed attempts (the weather conditions were never right), we finally got the ride of a lifetime.
I can't describe how exhilarating it was to climb into an actual wicker basket, and be lifted off into the air by manipulating hot air (the pilot did that of course). We spent about an hour in the air, but the whole experience required about 3-4 hours, while they drove us to the lift off location, set up for the flight and then deflated and wrapped up the balloon before driving us back to our car (The balloon landed in a friendly farmer's field)
It was really interesting to find out about the history of hot air ballooning, and that it all started in 1782 in France, and the first ever passengers of a hot air balloon were a poor sheep, a duck and a rooster. Animal testing is so cruel, but thankfully people lined up to be human test subjects after the animals made it back to earth safely.
It was a great ride and an amazing experience, but if you think it is as simple as hopping on and going, you have another thing coming. All in all, it required us to be patient and wait 3 years after initial booking to actually ride. Then we had to travel 1.5 hours to the meeting point, then another 40 minutes to the lift off point with the chase crew and also wait around for set up and dismantle for another 2-3 hours. If you don't mind waking up at 4:30 am to make it all the way up to the meeting point, only to have it be possibly cancelled (weather and wind conditions can be so finicky), then you are sure to have an incredible and unforgettable experience.
We flew with Sundance Balloons, an easy to deal with company with a great flight crew. Our pilot Earnie had over 40 years of flight experience and told awesome stories. We're so glad to have been able to ride with them to cross yet another item off of our lengthy bucket list. Let me know if you have any suggestions for our bucket list. Our bucket seems to be a bottomless bucket, always ready for more adventure.