I have always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon. When I was pretty young my parents got me and my sister up really early (I just know it was still dark) and went to see the hot air balloons get filled with air. They lit up the sky and it was pretty cool. We never had the opportunity to go up and ride in one, but going to the festival has always stuck with me. So when a friend and I were trying to come up with ideas of fun stuff to do for anniversaries and she suggested doing a tour in Temecula in a hot air balloon I couldn’t say no.
Early in the Morning
Early (it was still dark) in the morning we arrived at the vineyard, which would host our champagne breakfast after our morning hot air balloon ride. Shortly after checking in they began to load us into different cars. Each car was a different balloon. Next a quick stop to let a helium balloon up to show which ways the wind was moving. This information helped our tour guides decide which location would be our launching point.
When we arrived at the desired spot the crew began to unfold the tarps and balloon and basket. We would soon be in our basket and headed skyward. It was a little chilly on the ground, but it was highly recommended by the crew to remove jackets for our ride. A little uncertain we handed them over. And tried to enjoy the warmth we felt from the hot air being forced into our balloon.
Slowly we lifted up off the ground. Higher and higher we went. We didn’t get very high before we realized that passing our jackets off was a good idea. With only the wind to move us there was a quiet peace being high in the sky. We floated over vineyards, toward the lake and could even see the ocean off in the distance.
We would rise up high and then swoop back down toward the ground. There was never any fear (well except maybe heights) our pilot was well in control of the hot air balloon and gave us interesting information about the area below us and explained the different levels of elevation each had their own wind direction. If was peaceful and with only the wind to move us their was hardly any noise, until the driver pulled a lever to put hot air in the balloon.
When our tour was over a good landing spot was picked and down we went with a slow and graceful landing. We got a few more pictures. And a glass or two of champagne while the crew loaded up the hot air balloon. Then we headed back to our original meet up point for a breakfast of pastries, cheese and more champagne.
We had a lot of fun and I would highly recommend taking a hot air balloon tour in Temecula. The only thing I wish we had done differently was had more time to spend in Temecula. I would have loved to drive to some of the different wineries and checked out downtown. Overall it was a fun trip and our first overnight trip away since our first son was born.