Friday, April 8, 2011

{Hot Air Balloons, Oh My!}

You could say my sweetheart & I are somewhat of an adventurous couple. Thus far, we have visited 6 different countries/provinces together and have made several trips to new places & hot spots within the States. We very much believe in taking weekend trips when possible & planning for vacation time is always on our radar! Additionally, we try to be active when spending time together...which means anything from going on hikes, biking around a city, taking a canoe out on the water to touring museums, having picnics in the park, visiting a new winery, etc. We're pretty much up for anything new and exciting, so when I spotted a deal on a hot air balloon ride for two I jumped on it!

Since I'm one of those people who like to research everything...I discovered some interesting facts about hot air balloons:
  1. The first passengers of a hot air balloon ride consisted of a sheep, duck & rooster. They lasted in air for a total of 15 minutes before crashing into the ground. (how cruel)
  2. It is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology.
  3. Accidents are rare. (good to know)
  4. Still, a parachute is placed right at the top of each hot air balloon.
  5. In 1999, Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones made the first around the world flight by a hot-air balloon. Their balloon stayed aloft through the entire trip without refueling. (crazy!)
  6. Ballooning is not a silent sport. There are some quiet moments, but those burners are noisy.
  7. Balloonists dress like hikers: pants, sturdy flat shoes and layers of shirt, sweater, jacket, for example.

It is always nice to have something fun to look forward to, isn't it? Whether it's participating in a local event, going on a trip somewhere new, hosting a dinner party or just visiting with a friend. When I think about the idea of making a bucket list, I chuckle...not because I think it is a silly's a great idea...but because I think every one of our days can already make up our bucket list in some shape or form. Not everything we look forward has to be big; just add value and richness to our lives in some capacity. So, here's to the weekend & looking forward to the good things in life! Enjoy!!

All images via Google


  1. Interjection! Who found the deal & thought of you two crazies?... :)

  2. Clarification: I did technically spot the just happened to be a deal you forwarded to me before I checked the site! Thanks a bunch though :)

  3. how cute! i love that you and your love are an adventurous couple, that many countries together is amazing!

    i'm just beginning my world travels now, so I'm definitely looking forward to them.

    i like the picture of the castle air balloon. =)


  4. Funnnn! I've allllways wanted to ride in one.

  5. Fae - Thanks :) Good luck on your travels! The entire process is so much fun & insightful...from the planning to the traveling (mishaps & all!) to returning home & reflecting. I wish you the best!

    Molly - Isn't it a crazy/awesome idea? It was one of the most random indulgences I've ever had but I can't wait to go! Wedding gift idea perhaps?! ;-)

  6. Must have been fun. Wanna do that someday. Hope you had super fun with your love :)

  7. Amynabi - We haven't gone yet! I'm thinking sometime this month or in May would be nice :)I can't wait to go...there is a champagne toast & small brunch after as well!!

  8. I am obsessed with hot air balloons. And, I totally research stuff too when I get all obsessed :)

  9. Hi Victoria, thanks for adding me as a friend on 20sb :) I'm looking forward to continuing to read your blog, and I definitely can't wait to read all about your ballooning adventure!

  10. I totally agree! You and your sweetie know how to enjoy life! Have fun on your balloon!

  11. Sounds like so much fun! One landed in my backyard years ago & scared me to death, but I think it would be an amazing experience. That castle one? So cool!

  12. Marie - Thanks girl! I can't wait to book it so I can go!!

    Ginger - Thanks! Gotta keep life fun somehow :)

    Erin - Oh my goodness...well, it would be impossible for a hot air balloon to fit into my backyard but I can imagine how scary that would be! haha! I love the castle one...but the more I look at it, the more I'm starting to see a church?!