Hot Air Ballooning in the Sonoran Desert

I touched upon it in my post last Friday, but one of the great events that the SCVB (Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau) planned for us while we were in Scottsdale was a hot air balloon ride in the Sonoran Desert.

I had never been in a hot air balloon so I was really excited to go on this adventure (despite the 4:30am wakeup call to meet the van at 5am).

For those of you who have never gone, I highly recommend you put this on your “bucket list.” You really get an amazing view and a perspective that you wouldn’t otherwise.

The Sonoran Desert is gorgeous in and of itself, but when viewed from above, it really is astounding. One can really appreciate the magnificent vistas of desert terrain and towering mountain ranges. It is seriously breathtaking and peaceful at the same time.

Our pilot, Patrick, was fantastic. We got lucky because he’s logged in some of the most hours, and because of his experience, it was smooth sailing the whole time. Due to some convincing, he even took us up over 6000 feet, one of his highest rides up with a group.

It truly was a wonderful way to start the day, and it really makes you appreciate this gorgeous world we all live in.

Getting the balloon ready!

In fact, there were lots of balloons getting ready!

Fire her up!

Up, up, and away!

Watching the sun rise over the desert!

We have company! Lots of other balloons were out, too!

More balloons, more views!

Isn’t this gorgeous?

Touch down! There’s Patrick, our pilot, behind me.

Last but not least, we finish off with champagne and breakfast, a custom dating back more than 100 years.

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