Hot Air Balloon Ride

Every once in a while, our adventures range outside the culinary world but are initiated by our love of food and drink. Hence, the video below. As part of our wine-tasting auction prize, we also "won" a hot air balloon ride over the vineyards of Napa valley (courtesy Up & Away). We had a spectacular time and a very nice champagne brunch at Kendall Jackson after landing. If you are ever given the opportunity to ride in a hot air balloon, go for it!

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  1. Wow...pretty darn cool. So is there any power involved to propel you - or just anyway the wind is blowing?

  2. The pilot only controls the up and down (lateral) direction of the balloon and relies on wind currents for direction. They typically know the area very well and can assess direction with their honed skills, but sometimes they are forced to land where the wind takes them! Our landing was spot-on, though there was a moment where I thought we might alight on pile of rubble and tip over. At that point, I had enough faith in Mike that he would bring us in safely. It was fun!


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