For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to take a ride in a hot air balloon. I have done this, in a small way, in that I went high into the air in one years ago, but the balloon was tethered by a long rope. Soon, my Auntie and I will be embarking upon the real deal, by floating high above the Napa Valley in an epic photo opportunity among the clouds.
The first hot air balloon launch was in September of 1783, when a scientist named Pilatre De Rozier, lauched the Aerostat Reveillon. The balloon’s passengers were a sheep, a duck and a rooster. The balloon stayed in the air for a grand total of 15 minutes before crashing back to the ground, and I read no accounts of how the animals fared…but I hope they survived.
My former husband (and still good friend) and I used to go to the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta to see the spectacular and creative air ballet danced by balloons in the wildest shapes and colors! It was always so beautiful and exciting to see what people would come up with.
There were balloons shaped like trains and cars and airplanes. There were balloons shaped like houses and animals. There were star shaped balloons and psychedelic balloons. It was always so much fun to see them drifting by. There was great music there as well. It would play as the sun went down and all of the balloons would light up creating a fantasy wonderland of colorful whimsy.
Of course, I’m a little bit nervous about the flight. Accidents do happen….but I prefer not to give those thoughts my energy. I anticipate a smooth, beautiful ride with a chance to see the Valley from a perspective that I have not seen it before. It will be fun to do this with my favorite Aunt, who is also a fun loving individual. I’ll be sure to take a lot of photos, and will let you know how it goes!
Up, up and awaaaaaaaay!!!!!