Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Phoenix, Arizona’s Sonoran Desert
We just experienced our very first hot air balloon ride, and it was definitely one of those life-time memory experiences!
We chose Hot Air Expeditions because of their perennial award-winning status, their colorful balloons with a mammoth saguaro cactus on the side, and a champagne gourmet desert picnic at the conclusion of the adventure.
We left the Deer Valley Airport at 3:30 in a large passenger van that doubled as one of the chase crew’s vehicles. After a 20-minute ride, we arrived to our launch point in a desert clearing where there was plenty of smooth sand to get our balloon filled with hot air.
In roughly 15-minutes, the crew had the balloon upright, nine of us climbed aboard, and we were off to float in the the dead quiet of the Sonoran desert breezes.
Take a peek at the video from our hot air balloon adventure:
Floating aloft in our first hot air balloon left us with several impressions:
- It is quite a remarkable thing to be floating with the breeze. Because of this, if everyone were to be quiet in the balloon, there would be a complete and utter stillness as you move with the wind. It’s really quite peaceful.
- Looking out at the beauty of creation, with the approaching sunset painting the Sonoran desert and the distant mountain peaks with its beautiful orange hues, will take your breath away.
- There was a certain, fun sense of adventure as we floated above the earth somewhere around 1,000 feet.
- It’s definitely an experience we will want to have again.
Disclosure: our hot air balloon experience was provided by the kind folks at Hot Air Expeditions. Thank you!