Friday, November 8, 2013

View of Pottstown, PA from the Hot Air Balloon

It was our second try at getting on the hot air balloon: the first booked flight for October 10th was cancelled due to bad weather. November 4th, our rescheduled flight day, turned out to be the coldest of the week. Inflating the balloon turned out a little longer than expected, due to the shifty cold winds, but the wait was worth it.

The balloon goes where the wind blows, which makes the landing, or crash-landing -- according to the FAA, any landing without the use of propeller is a crash-landing -- my favourite part. We landed in the tight spot of an unsuspecting someone's front yard. Surprise, strangers!

It was amusing to watch cars stop in their tracks, hit the hazard lights, dogs barking maniacally, screaming children and people coming out of their houses. Most of them had a handheld device. I had imagined that Pottstown folks would have been used to hot air balloons all year round.

"This is better than dinner," said a resident of Douglassville who assisted in deflating the balloon. (This man had also helped lift me out of the basket.)

The pilot and flight crew staff were not kidding when they said that a landing like that deserved some champagne to celebrate. And surprise, passengers, you get to keep those champagne glasses!

What a memorable evening.

Here's the video of the entire event, filmed by The Hubs using a tiny handheld camera, all summed up in a concise 11 minutes:

Flight stats:
5300 feet altitude;
18 mph maximum wind speed;
54 minutes of flight; and
distance of less than 4 miles travelled.

P.S. I remember being really anxious when I bought tickets for this hot air balloon ride. Will my eyes pop? They didn't. Phew.

P.P.S. We were in such great hands of the US Hot Air Balloon team. Now I want to have hot air balloon rides in as many places as possible.


  1. That looks fantastic and is something that I have always wanted to do. It looks a long way up from your photos but wonderful to see all those autumn colours from a distance. I enjoyed the video it looked as if you had quite a smooth landing.
    Sarah x

  2. wow, it became a perfect promotional film for the hotairballooncompany! well done Pin,
    and thanks for sharing, never flew a balloon!

  3. What a ride! I don't think I dare to do it, since every landing is pretty much a crash landing in a non-planned location. :P

  4. What an amazing experience! My husband and I considered taking a hot air balloon ride during a festival one year, but the weather didn't permit it. I think I'd shake the whole time up there, but it would be a once in a lifetime kind of thing I'd just HAVE to do!

  5. I've never experience a hot air balloon adventure. What a great and memorable experience! The view from above is definitely something to remember forever.

    Have a great week ahead Juanita!


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