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Sky Drifters

Rancho Murieta, CA, USA
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About Sky Drifters
Hot Air Balloon Rides in the Spectacular Sierra Nevada Foothills. Located just 30 minutes East of Sacramento in Rancho Murieta. Flying daily! Launching the balloon from the banks of the Consumes River is a spectacular experience and a true ballooning adventure. Unlike many other popular ballooning locations, we will be flying over rivers, lakes, creeks, tall trees and stunning scenery. In the early morning hours it is not unusual to see a variety of both ground and airborne wildlife. With stunning views of the Sacramento valley nature conservancy and thousands of acres of protected oak forests, vernal pools and wildlife, this location is one of Northern California’s best secrets.
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marla247 wrote a review Jul 12
Roanoke, Virginia59 contributions73 helpful votes
We had an amazing time on the flight and found Tim to be knowledgeable and friendly. He and his crew ensured we were at ease throughout the ride and landing. I would definitely recommend Sky Drifters! Just remember to check in the day prior to get the take off time. Tim was very patient with us, despite our oversight of this instruction, and he and his crew went to great lengths to make it happen for us. An experience I won’t soon forget.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Vanessa M wrote a review Feb 2021
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We had an amazing flight! Thank you for the great flight, the great pictures, and hospitality! Highly recommend Sky Drifters!!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Larysa Z wrote a review Jul 2020
San Mateo, California5 contributions
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We celebrated our anniversary. The whole experience was smooth and easy - booking, directions, flight. Friendly and professional stuff. We felt very welcome. Kids got plenty of attention too.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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nutmeg2000 wrote a review Dec 2019
Pleasanton, California159 contributions66 helpful votes
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Our pilot Tim was very experienced and prepared us well with his safety talk. It was a little windy (not by my unaware standards but by ballooning standards) but we really wanted to go since one of my friends was on her third try at ballooning (all with other operators, once cancelled due to getting sick, the other due to wind) and the other couple going was a man about to propose to his girlfriend. He warned us it would be a shorter fight due to the wind speed and the landing would have to involve the basket tipping over, but we were all game. Tim gave excellent instructions before the flight and as we landed. The actual landing was a piece of cake. Though I was on the up side, not the bottom "getting squished" side but they seemed to think it went well too. Tim's very clear explanations and directions made us all feel comfortable with everything and safe. The ride itself was amazing. I'm scared of heights but wasn't scared at all in the balloon. Lifting off was really cool and it was amazing to see things on the ground get smaller and smaller. The scenery was beautiful and I got several good pictures of Mount Diablo. It's very calm and peaceful up there. Erin, Tim's wife, also took several pictures of us both on the ground and in the air, included in the price, which we didn't expect. Her pictures were amazing and I've put some in here. She is quite the photographer. She was also super nice and cheerful even at 7am. Afterwards she gave us local info on nearby restaurants and a local farm that sells homemade pies. They make a perfect couple, Tim with his excellent flying and stories, and Erin with everything else! I heartily recommended!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from Tim N, Owner at Sky Drifters
Responded Jan 4, 2020
We had a great time taking you all flying. It is not often we have an entire group wiling to fly on a day that we know is going to result in a fast landing. Glad you were all game, it made for a really fun morning!
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Ashley R wrote a review Oct 2019
Richmond, Virginia9 contributions13 helpful votes
Booking was easy (do not try a groupon!) Everything went as planned (except landing in the tree lol) Tim was friendly to us and is very knowledgeable His wife Erin was the sweetest woman on the planet who took lots of pictures and videos for us included in the price (other companies charge extra!) We felt very safe (even with the tree!) We had a great time I absolutely recommend flying with Sky Drifters Tim, I know that landing in the tree was very dangerous, potentially very expensive, and extremely stressful for you. Your crew was CLEARLY confused and not deliberately defying your instructions. You were outrageously disrespectful to your wife and crew and I would disagree with your opinion that the circumstances excused your behavior.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Tim N, Owner at Sky Drifters
Responded Jan 4, 2020
Thanks for your input. Our opinion on how the retrieval went will have to differ.
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