Anyone who knows me can confirm that I am much more likely to go to bed at 4 a.m., than I am to get up that early in the morning. Unless…I’m crossing an item off my bucket list!! Cruising the Arizona skies from the Rainbow Ryders basket with five of my favorite girls is totally worth the early morning wake-up call.
Fun fact: Many people are afraid to ride in a hot air balloon, yet its the oldest successful mode of flight used to transport people.
Once we dragged ourselves out of bed, everyone met up at the Rainbow Ryders office and signed in while they packed up the trailers with our gear. Each day’s launch sites vary depending on the weather, and they use a a few nifty gadgets and setups that my tired brain didn’t fully understand (or care to understand) to choose just the right spot to take off from. Once we arrived at our site, the setup process began.
Now if you’re not much of a morning person, or just not into helping, you can also sit back, relax, and take pictures while they do all of the work. Like me.
During our one hour adventure, we soared over the beautiful Northern Scottsdale and Sonoran desert. It was so peaceful and the views were outstanding. As you can see, we were only one of many checking this adventure off bucket lists.
If you can imagine 6 bloggers on their cell phones trying to get a signal to tweet from a basket 5000 feet in the air, you’d laugh. I only wish I had gotten a photo of THAT.
Taylor kept us safe, entertained, and returned us back, instead of drifting off to the Land of Oz. Although, since hot air balloons don’t have a steering wheel and are at the mercy of the wind and weather, landing sites are unknown. Don’t worry, they have a chase crew that follows the balloon to pick you up and return you to the launch site. And besides, not knowing where you might land is part of the adventure! Right?
I can’t thank the folks at Rainbow Ryders enough for literally sweeping us off our feet and providing a memory of a lifetime with 5 of the girls that I couldn’t imagine life without!
Learn more about the amazing Rainbow Ryders team and this incredible experience on the Rainbow Ryders Facebook page or find them tweeting from the skies @RainbowRyders on Twitter.
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Back in 2012 I did an amazing balloon flight over Tucson – memories for life (including a bit of a crash landing on a Saguaro cactus!! No injuries though haha)