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A storm off the East Coast affected the wind as far in as Charlottesville so our May morning flight with Rick Behr of Boars’ Head Ballooning was cancelled the night before our scheduled flight. Rick offered to reschedule for the day after in hopes that the wind might calm. We said yes! Cancelled again. After that, we had only one more day in Charlottesville but no opportunity for a third try as Rick was completely booked for that day. Didn’t look like we were going to get our balloon ride. Then Rick offered to check with another balloon pilot in the area; a competitor or Rick’s. Our last day in Charlottesville proved to be perfect weather for hot air ballooning so off Rich and his balloon-basket full of students went, soaring skyward towards beautiful puffs of clouds. We watched them ascend from the perch of our own already airborne balloon. Thank you Rick for making it happen!
I was fortunate enough to receive a gift card to the Boar’s Head Inn for my retirement and decided to use the card for a balloon ride. My daughter and I couldn’t have picked a more perfect day for our flight. Although we had to reschedule a few times because of Virginia’s ever-changing weather we finally had lift off on October 21st. We were joined by a adventurous couple from Williamsburg, who were just as excited as my daughter and I about our first flight. The trees had begun to change colors and the sights were incredible. Rick, our pilot, has 40 years of flying experience and although he and the crew were all business in the inflation of the balloon once we were floating he relaxed and pointed out sights along the way. He told us of the years of experience he had and we are fortunate to have such a skilled pilot in the Charlottesville area. Rick explained everything to the four of us and was pleased that we had an extra long flight due to favorable winds. We felt safe and comfortable with Rick as our pilot, and although I have a tendency to have trouble with height flying in a balloon is nothing like looking down from a high place. The crew, who chased us are experienced and made our landing and return to the Boar’s Head Inn delightful. The crew took several pictures of us before during and after the flight. We received a CD of the pictures while we had refreshments back at the Inn. Thank you, Rick Behr and crew for such a wonderful experience. And thanks to my co-workers for such a perfect gift for my retirement.
Amazing and Inspiring!
My parents’ friends bought me and my husband of two days a ballooning trip as a spirited and symbolic send-off following our wedding. And what a send-off it was! Beautiful, inspiring, super fun, and exciting, we saw my hometown from a vantage never experienced before. We absolutely loved our experience and our time with Rick. Kind, extremely knowledgable and calm- what more could you ask for from a man taking you a couple thousand feet up! Mille, mille grazie!