Riding a hot air balloon is an experience of a lifetime. Riding a hot air balloon over the magnificent Adirondack farmlands is breathtaking! My trip in a hot air balloon with Todd Monahan of Sunkiss Balloons was extraordinary.
Operating a hot air balloon requires a tremendous amount of skill and training. The hot air balloon is not launched from one particular place. Before deciding from where to launch, Todd releases a helium balloon to check in which direction the wind is going. He then decides from where to take off based on the direction the balloon flies. The landing spot is different each time depending on the wind, therefore, Todd is in constant radio contact with his driver below who meets the balloon after it lands. He then takes everyone back to the meeting point (and their cars).
Flights are usually scheduled in the morning and late afternoon when the winds are calmer.
The balloon is enormous from up close and can carry about twelve people for the flight. The takeoff is extremely smooth and almost feels as if it is an open air elevator. The flight is actually calm and the scenery tranquil. A ride on a hot air balloon is certainly unforgettable.
Posted: August 3, 2017
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