Monday, April 11, 2011

Hot Air Balloon Ride

Trav's mom came to visit and we decided to try a hot air balloon ride! None of us have been on one, so it was the perfect opportunity.

It was quite an experience and we loved every minute of it. We were lucky enough to get a Groupon coupon, so instead of it costing $200 per person, it was only $100 per person. If you haven't used groupon before, TRY it! You'll love it! Otherwise if it wasn't for groupon, we wouldn't be able to experience all of this!

Before we headed to find a perfect spot, we spotted this little guy. Isn't he so cute?
You have to get up super early in the morning (like the quack of dawn, literally) and meet at a certain location. We met at a supermarket and waited patiently for everyone to show.

We then drove around for what seemed like a half hour (it probably wasn't that long) but it was because they don't have the spot pre-picked (although they probably have certain locations in mind of where the balloons should be) and they will drive around for a while until they find the perfect spot. There are so many factors in choosing the perfect spot to take off.

Once we arrived, we watched our balloon and so many others get blown up. Some places choose to be near the same locations, and for this reason, it is one of the prettiest sights you see in Phoenix (when you see all the hot air balloons raising at the same time). This happens a lot in the Phoenix area. And now I know why.

Watching our balloon blow up

We were just about to take off here
Here we go!

Let's take this thing down
Another thing that I didn't realize is that every balloon had their own van that would follow them the entire time. How they didn't get confused on which balloon we were blows my mind. 

No worries, we made it safely on the ground without any hiccups! The company toasted us with champagne and gave us some yummy snacks (chocolate, carmel apples, fruit, and mini muffins). We also got a certificate that we made it back alive from our adventure with Mother Earth safely.

I would def. say that if you haven't done this before, you need to do it at least once in your life. :)

1 comment

  1. What a fabulous idea! Can't believe they had a Groupon for that. Sign me up if they come up with another one!


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