You should definitely add a ride in a hot air balloon to your list of things to do before you die. It’s a relaxing way to spend the day, and the sights are truly exhilarating. It’s a perfect way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.
1-2: It’s amazing to watch a basket and pile of cloth pulled from a truck, and turned into a flying machine. What’s more amazing is that the first manned hot air balloon flight was in the late 1700s!
3: Two of the four balloons in our group, right before takeoff. Right beside them are the vans and trailers used to haul them.
4: Balloons are definitely not the fastest way to travel. However their slow speed makes them an excellent platform for taking aerial photos.
5-7: The scenery can range from towns to farmland. Tractors look like Tonka toys, and farmland looks like a patchwork quilt from these heights.
8: An experienced balloon pilot can skim the surface of a river or lake.
9: Cloth, fuel, and fire combined together to create flight seems contradictory.
10: One by one, the balloons land after a successful day of flying.