I attended a good portion of the Albuquerque (unlike Bugs, I didn't make a wrong turn) one in the eighties. You're right , they are a lot of fun (and lovely to behold) and I'm sure like jm1991, that I ate a lot of bacon back then at the event! I even went up in one back then. I'm glad I did a lot of that stuff (bungee jump, hot air ballooning, rock quarry cliff diving, whitewater etc) when I was young because now, perhaps because I'm more cautious (or maybe wiser), I don't do anything 'fun' anymore. I've apparently watched too much Ridiculousness and Tru TV World's Dumbest and seen the outcome of old farts trying too hard to be young .
One day our paths will cross as we snag those excellent East Coast Marriott weekend rates .
erc, When it comes to thrill seeking maneuvers....I'm with you! I can watch, but I can't do anymore. We observed these ballooners from the ground.
In fact, I even have a hard time today just seeing pictures of thrill seekers. My adventurous daughter just came back from hiking in Norway. She was there to see the Fjords. Check out the crazy person sitting on that ledge. Her father almost had a heart attack when he saw that picture...
I've been gone so I might have missed it but if that is the sound of the balloon, it reminded my wife and I how much the hot air balloons that flew over our house in Houston (just down the road from IAHFLYR) used to scare the bajeebers out of our labrador
Here's a photo of me in the 80's when it was cool to dress like your balloon
While they are gorgeous, I'm with ya painedplatinum, I'll sit and watch. Highest I want to get off the ground is about a two step ladder if I'm not in a plane.
I would go up in a balloon. Well, I would go up in a balloon before I'd go up in say, Libyan Airlines or Arik Air. Or Tower of Terror (never again) at Disneyland.
I think going up in a balloon over the Serengeti would be the absolute ultimate, especially if you could fly low enough (or have some good binoculars) to see the wildlife (and also have a chase vehicle - just in case.) One of my cousins has a neat set of binoculars with a built in camera.
I certainly would enjoy touring over wildlife in a natural setting, but......I seem to have developed a slight fear of heights a couple of years ago.. We were in Ocean City, MD on a vacation home wishful hunt with a real estate agent. Mrs. Pained stepped out on the balcony of a 17th floor condo unit. She was requesting my company to check out the spectacular view...I took one step on that balcony and wowzer!!.... I was all messed up..lol something did not feel good looking down from that balcony.
You should try the Bristol Balloon Festival in the UK and stay at the Marriott on Collage Green. It starts 7th August.
They say its the largest mass balloon assent outside Albuquerque, wherever that is!