If you are even considering a hot air balloon ride, don't hesitate...book with Pueblo Balloon Company right away! From the very first email correspondence to our final good-bye handshake, this group was top-notch all the way.
Once we arrived in Taos, we contacted them by phone, as requested, and we had several conversations over the course of the day regarding our flight, pick-up time, number of people in our party, etc. They picked us up at our inn (Casa Gallina - another first rate business) bright and early on the morning of our flight. We traveled by van with Ed, our pilot, to our launch site and at this point, we met the other family we'd be flying with and the rest of the crew. My husband and son were involved in the preparations, and we had plenty of time to ask questions and talk with the crew. We flew in late February, and although we layered our clothing, I wish we had dressed more appropriately for the cold temperatures - keep in mind that you will be standing outside for 1/2 an hour to 45 min. before even boarding (think hat, gloves, scarf, warm coat, layers underneath, and fleece-lined boots).
As others have mentioned, the take-off was unbelievable - so smooth! It seemed as if the ground was just dropping away! You just have to experience it to believe the feeling! Ed was the consummate pilot - confident and reassuring (one member of the other party was a bit fearful of heights). The views were awesome, and the descent into the gorge was unbelievable. The flight itself was truly one of the highlights of our trip! We talked about it for days following our adventure.
Now for the landing - be prepared; it is a bit rough - not scary, but there's a certain degree of anticipation as to when the balloon and basket will come to a stop. They tell you to hold on tight and bend your knees...the basket hits the ground and is then "pulled" for a pretty considerable distance. I was never afraid, but felt a real sense of adventure as we were being dragged through the sagebrush! The scent of the wild sage will always be tied in with my memory of the landing. We all helped with the loading of the balloon and basket into the trailer that met us at our landing sight.
Now for the final part of the experience - the champagne toast and brunch. We loved the explanation of the history behind the toast and the opportunity to share with those we had just completed our adventure with. What a wonderful memory we will always carry with us! Following the toast, we traveled to Doc Martin's restaurant at the Taos Inn for brunch with Ed, the flight crew, and the others we had flown with. Following a leisurely meal, we were presented with our flight certificates and said our final good-byes. The full morning of adventure was worth every penny! You will not regret your decision to book a hot air balloon flight with this company!
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