If you ever get the chance to go up in a hot air balloon over Napa Valley then GO. I went in late June a few years ago and I absolutely LOVED it. We had to be there by 5:30 AM and we had the most beautiful sunny morning that you could ever imagine for it. The instructors show you how to get in the basket of course and they give you instructions even when you're actually up in the air and on the go. It's exhilerating and quite breathtaking once it gets moving and you start floating up, up up and away over those stunning vineyards. All the other air ballooners are with you along the way too in the morning and you can't believe you're floating right by them all when you are! It's totally amazing to experience this thrill of a ride, and I'm not kidding you about it either. We actually saw a bobcat in the vineyards racing through, it was as clear as a bell and we were floating right above it, I can't tell you how awesome that was, you'd have to see it to believe it I suppose because I certainly couldn't believe my eyes! We really lucked out because we went with one of the owners of the hot air balloon company who knew exactly, exactly what he was doing and talked all the way and told us all kinds of neat stories along the way and pointed out SO SO much for us to see and to capture with our cameras. It was truly wonderful. I would highly recommend going up in a hot air balloon any day, but I think you should go in nice sunny weather when it's sort of guaranteed. If you don't want to go alone, then call me I'll fly out there to go with you any time! Like I said before to you, it's a once in a lifetime experience and to look back and remember it all and to capture it all on film? It's just awesome. It'll always be one cherished memory for me, let me tell you and I don't know HOW HOW any one can complain about this wonderfully uplifting morning riding over Napa Valley in a hot air balloon, it's absolutely wonderful and I'm not even describing all of it because you can't describe it all unless you were there with me to witness it all. I don't care how much $$$ I paid either, it truly was worth every single penny I paid AND then some! I think you really have to wait for nice weather though to really really enjoy it, I mean it really should be on a nice sunny morning when you consider this. I had a feeling that late June would be really breathtaking with the sun out all the time and it really was a perfect time of year to experience this wonderful little excursion up in the air! My digital camera worked amazing from here and it captured it all quite nice and when you show people from New England all the pictures of Napa Valley? They can't believe how gorgeous it was from that angle in the sky! I'd do this little "jaunt" again in a heart beat if I were in Napa Valley some day SOON! In fact, may be I'll go back out again really soon just to experience it all again. That's really how much I enjoyed it. To top it off? I was in a basket with all these couples and you think I cared? Course NOT, I jumped right in that basket and enjoyed the wonderful ride just as much as the lovebirds smooching away all around me! I was too busy taking pictures and listening to my handsome California Tour Guide telling me all about lovely Napa Valley, too busy, too busy to notice and I didn't even think about it all until afterwards when it was all over that's how awesome this ride is!
Here's a few shots of it here....ENJOY!
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