Unicorn Balloon Company took me on my very first hot air balloon ride, and I had an absolute blast! I opted for the sunrise ride, and despite the very early meeting time (7am in Cave Creek, which is about 45 minutes away from Phoenix), it was completely worth it to see the first glimmers of dawn spread over the desert, splashing pink hues over every surface.
We wound up taking off near about 15 other balloons (although this is not always the case) and it was sensational to see all the other balloons speckled brightly against the sky.
The basket fits up to 12 people, and though it is a tight fit, it's not uncomfortable and everyone gets a great view.
After the ~1 hour flight, the pilot, John, offered up a champagne toast (or OJ for non-drinkers).
I felt completely safe from start to finish and simply fascinated by the balloons!
PARTING THOUGHT: Must be pretty cool to live in the surrounding area and see the balloons go up every day!
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