I surprised a family member with a hot air balloon flight for a milestone birthday. A bit spendy, but considering that will be one birthday that will never be forgotten, I think it was worth every penny!
I can't say enough nice things about the owner and crew at Balloon Flying Service. The owner was our pilot, and he had many years of experience under his belt, so we felt very safe. The balloon and basket were in good condition and well taken care of. The pilot definitely knew what he was doing, and gave us lots of fun information about balloon flight and about the area we were flying over as well.
We met very early in the morning and watched as they set up and inflated the balloon just for us. That in itself was fun...and we hadn't even left the ground yet! Then it was time for lift-off, just as the sun was coming up and we got to enjoy that beautiful sunrise from the peaceful quiet of our balloon basket high above the countryside.
Our pilot was entertaining and kind, took lots of photos of us, and added even more fun to the trip by doing a quick touchdown over the river so we could "get our toes wet".
After the flight, we were taken by the crew to a nearby park where we had a nice continental breakfast provided by Balloon Flying Service. At breakfast the pilot educated us on the history of hot air balloon flight, and presented us with a special souvenir.
A once in a lifetime experience, and well worth the money.