hot air balloon ride!

March 11, 2015

*image by marc mintz

i got to go on a hot air balloon ride last week while i was in arizona for work. it is our year of adventure and we are all about crossing things off of our bucket list!  it truly was one of the most amazing things i have ever done. we were all a bit nervous before going up - you literally jump in a big basket, float up, and then your pilot, if you will, just has to read the wind channels. some moments we were going 3 mph and then we would drift into another wind channel and would be going 16 mph - so crazy!  but once we were up in the air and taking in  the breathtaking views, it was so calm and peaceful, it really just felt like we were floating along like a little, red balloon.

the company we went with, float, made our ride and entire experience so enjoyable and special.  not only were they so fun and nice, but they set us up the most adorable (and delicious) picnic in the desert, right where we landed - complete with flowers, sweet place settings, champagne & grapefruit cocktails (they even sugared the rims) and an organic spread that they cooked right in front of us. not sure if the beet tarte with goat cheese creme was my favorite, or the homemade lemon bars drizzled with chocolate?! it was so perfect. if you are ever in phoenix, you must wake up early one day and go, you wont regret it!