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A true Charlottesville experience!
This time of year is the best for the Sunrise flight. With the cool, crisp mornings and prevailing winds blowing to the North, the flight path shows off some spectacular foliage. i could not take enough pictures. I was surprised it was not very cold, but when the pilot explained we are moving WITH the wind, so you aren’t feeling it, it made sense, but the opposite of saling, so dress for the temperature! Rick, the pilot, sure knows his stuff and is very informative. When we flew over the reservoir, he dipped the basket so it skimmed the water. Wasn’t at all scary, and very impressive flying. we were in the air about 45 minutes before we set down in a field, and every pitched in to roll up the balloon to pack it in the trailer that followed our flight. A van takes you back to the boars Head Inn. This is not a cheap outing – over $200 per person – but unforgettable and great for a special occasion for when wealthy relatives visit!
Hot Air Balloon ! Try it – it’s great!!!
My sister and I are working on our bucket lists. This is a must !! Absolutely beautiful, wonderful experience. I’m not wonderful with heights but had absolutely no problem. Rick took us up and he has years of experience. We had a beautiful autumn day for our ride. It was so smooth and tranquil it didn’t even feel like we were moving. It should be noted – hot air ballooning is subject to Mother Nature . If the conditions are not right – your trip can be cancelled (ie rain, winds, …). We met Rick at the Boars Head Inn. Out front he released a small balloon and watched it rise and how the wind took it. We then got into his van and headed off to a take off site – evidently which way the wind is going determines where they can take off from. On the way, Rick pulled over again and let another small balloon go. When we arrived at the site – we got to see the whole process of setting up and inflating the balloon (and even helping). Truly awesome experience.
My husband surprised me with a hot air balloon ride for our tenth wedding anniversary. We had a great time! The pilot, Rick, was very experienced and knowledgeable. He made us feel comfortable and at ease. I was never worried or nervous about the flight. We had a beautiful morning and the flight went perfectly. His assistant was also very nice and helpful. He took great photos, which we purchased at the end of the flight. It was a great experience and I would definitely go ballooning again!