My wife purchased a balloon trip with Napa Valley Aloft for our wedding anniversary and I have to say I was a little nervous, as I have a fear of heights. However, from the moment preparations began to the pinpoint soft landing, Jason, the pilot, reassured us and made the whole trip both memorable and informative.
We learned about the inflation, navigation and deflation of a hot air balloon as well as myriads of interesting facts about the Napa Valley its wine industry. Jason seemed very well informed, having been born and brought up in the valley and having been involved in the balloon industry all his life.
The Napa Valley is more beautiful than I had thought from the ground, the geometric patterns of the vineyards contrast splendidly with the wildly tumbling forested hills. As we flew the morning mists cleared, more and more of the panorama opened up and we were able to get a feel for the whole valley.
We travelled in a small balloon and basket, there being only the two of us, Jason and Ben, a trainee pilot. When you consider that balloon travel is at the whims of the wind, it is unbelievable that they can put these things down on a sixpence (sorry...dime!).
An unforgettable experience, our thanks to everyone involved.
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