Hot Air Ballooning: Not for Claustraphobics or Agoraphobics

21 Jul

Interior of Hot Air Balloon from the AirInterestingly, hot air ballooning is an activity that is simultaneously not for claustraphobics or agoraphobics. Or if you’re afraid of heights: we were 750 feet in the air.

The balloon weighs 850 lbs (and is 130 feet tall) and the basket 1,850; add the people and it’s 6,000 pounds! All this can be yours for $120,000. The weight and winds dictate speed; we went a mighty 3.5-5 mph for a distance of 6 miles.  It was incredible!

Fellow adventurers: Bobbi, her Dad, and Oded. Adventure location: Northeast Alabama.

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6 Responses to “Hot Air Ballooning: Not for Claustraphobics or Agoraphobics”

  1. Cori July 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM #

    I love these pictures! They are all so wonderful it makes me feel like I was there. Well, minus the agoraphobia and claustraphobia…

    • plonde July 21, 2011 at 6:11 PM #

      Cori – we’re all about virtual experiences being as real as possible without the actual phobia. By “we” I mean myself and my other personalities.

      • Cori July 28, 2011 at 1:45 PM #

        Myself and 3 of my 5 personalities agree.

        Wait, what? Oh, ok.

        Sorry- only 2 of the personalities agree.

  2. mtblock July 21, 2011 at 3:03 PM #

    Oh my goodness – my palms immediately began to sweat as you described the height and weights. In fact, my fingers are slipping off the keys now. Those photos are amazing. The one with the worker in between the two balloons is jsut breathtaking. Nice work, Londe.

    • plonde July 21, 2011 at 6:10 PM #

      Mandi – thanks! He’ actually INSIDE the balloon after the flight, taking down ropes and such to deflate it. Amazing, isn’t it?

  3. Bobbi July 24, 2011 at 11:38 PM #

    Great trip and great photos! The balloon rainbow colors is way cool! Love it!

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