Published Date Author: , October 19th, 2015

Hot Air Ballooning

Hot air ballooning is not for us however we have a lot of friends who are really into it. They have hot air balloon festivals in almost every State in the country plus all over the world as well. The best place to start to get full details is There you will find a directory and calendar of hot air balloon festivals, rallies and events. Another great site is

Hot Air BallooningHot air ballooning has been around for a time. They began in the late 1700’s and have continued thru the years all over the entire world. Attractive aspects of hot air ballooning include the exceptional quietness (except when the propane burners are firing), the lack of feeling any kind of movement and the bird’s-ye views. Since the balloon moves with the direction of the winds, the passengers feel absolutely no wind, except for brief periods during the flight when the balloon climbs or descends into air currents of different direction or speed.

There are many gatherings of balloons and balloonists around the world and most are held on an annual basis. The festivals are a great place for balloonists to get to interact with each other as well for a venue for the thousands and thousands of visitors to see. These events range in size to just a few balloonists to hundreds as in the case of Albuquerque, New Mexico where they have hundreds of balloonists and thousands of spectators. The Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival is the largest in the United States and is considered the hot-air ballooning capital of the world.

There are two ways to enjoy hot-air ballooning. The first way is to own your hot-air balloon and the second way is to take a ride in one. In Albuquerque the best way to is take a ride with someone else doing all the work. There are dozens of companies that off this service. Early morning and sunset rides are the best for the stunning Rio Grand valley vies of the Sandia Mountains and views of the city. Most hot-air balloon rides hold from 2 to 8 passengers. Prices range around the country from $125 to over $1,000 per person.

Are there any risks with riding in a hot air balloon? Just like there are risks with skiing and race car driving and snowmobiling. Landings can be rough sometimes. Most hot air balloon crashes occurred during landing and most with hard landings. Fixed-object collisions with trees, buildings, power lines or the ground contribute to serious injuries. During landing sequences, gondola dragging, tipping, bouncing and occupant ejections were the main cause of problems for riders.

Hot Air BallooningBut as with anything whether it be motor-cycle riding or motor boats or anything else, everything has risks. Hot air ballooning is not on our bucket list but there are a lot of people out there they love it, both participating and just watching from afar.

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

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