"Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall-All You've Got To Do Is Call"

If you’ve ever thought about taking a hot air balloon ride, you probably have a picture in your head about what it will be like. What it will feel like. What it will look like. What season it will be. I know how you feel. But I’m here to tell you-be ready to be surprised.

Having talked to prospective passengers for over twenty years, before their flight and then after their flight, the overwhelming response is, first of all, that they loved the experience, but then that it was nothing like what they thought it would be.

Let me explain.

A lot of folks have it in their minds, especially in the Northeast USA, where we fly, that the time to take a hot air balloon flight is in the fall. A nice time, don’t get me wrong. But certainly not the only time. And most certainly not always the easiest time to schedule a flight. For successful flight, a balloon needs calm wind, no precipitation, no fog, and no thunderstorms. The time of calmest weather, generally, is during the non-transitional months. Think of the weather in October, for instance. We don’t know from one day to the next-wind? Rain? Heat? Snow? Ice? October is a transitional month between summer and winter. In October, we have to cancel almost as many flights as we fly. The weather is not as stable as it is in the late spring through late summer. That being said, we can have a beautiful day in October and a terrible day in June! Just be aware that ballooning is extremely weather-dependent. We appreciate every day we are fortunate enough to have this incredible experience. Everybody has their own reason to take a balloon flight. The feeling of exhilaration, of being “one” with the landscape, of floating serenely above the land below-this feeling of wonder is why folks fly.

No matter what season it is.

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