Friends who have been reading my words since earlier this year (thank you!) may remember that I was so excited about my Valentine’s Day gift from Steve: a gift certificate for a hot air balloon ride. Going up in a hot air balloon has been on my bucket list since I can remember even having a bucket list, so I’ve been really looking forward to this.
I booked a ride in October, hoping for some good fall foliage, and last Saturday was the day! Steve and the kids and I drove out to Winchester to meet up with the balloon pilot and the other passengers. We all helped lay out the balloon on the grass at the launch site.
Starting to inflate! Exciting!
Before I knew it, the balloon was hovering over the basket! I climbed in quickly and almost immediately, we started rising off the ground.
Steve was armed with my new birthday camera and shooting pictures from the ground. We were literally hundreds of feet in the air when he took this picture – pretty amazing, huh?
Meanwhile, I was having the time of my life in the balloon! It was totally crazy to be up in the sky, floating in a little basket.
Totally incredible view! There was no wind, so we never made it out of downtown Winchester; just floated above the town, taking in the scene below and the mountains in the distance – gorgeous. Eventually the pilot brought us down gently on a patch of grass right in town; an impressive landing.
Such an awesome experience! Thanks again for the super cool gift, Steve – and for driving us all out there, marshaling the kids while I was off ballooning, and photographing the experience from the ground. I will totally do this again, but I think the next time, I’d like to go up during a big event like the Adirondack Balloon Festival. I’m hooked!
Have you ever gone up in a hot air balloon?