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Balloons at Sunrise
August 14th, 2012 9:59 AM

While taking my early morning walk today, I saw ahead of me five hot air balloons drifting leasurely across the sky.  It reminded me of my own fabulous rides in a hot air balloon on three separate occasions, and the fact that there are so many exciting choices available for unique experiences and adventures here in Central Florida. 

There are several companies who provide the hot air balloon experience and all begin very early in the day.  Groups are instructed to meet around 5:30 AM to determine weather conditions and wind speed.  This is the best time of day to ride due to  air stability and there is nothing more breathtaking than seeing a gorgeous sunrise from up in the air! 

Most balloon flights will begin before 6:30 AM or around the time of sunrise.  It is amazing how fast you begin to rise and how smoothly and effortlessly you glide along.   It feels like floating on a cloud!  Depending on wind direction, you may have a chance to travel over the Disney parks, or your  balloon may take you in a different direction altogether.  But no matter what area you may glide over, the views are all spectacular and you will see a part of Central Florida that could never be seen any other way. 

The average time for a balloon ride is around 30 minutes in the air.  When it is time to land, specific instructions have been given as to how to stand and what to hold, but the operators are well trained and the landings are usually very smooth and quite accurate.  There will be company vans that follow the flight of the balloons and meet the groups upon landing.   At that time, everyone enjoys some refreshments and a celebratory glass of champagne to toast the "first balloon ride" for most participants. 

This total experience will last only a couple of hours, but the memories of it will last a lifetime!   It is definitely an adventure to be addeded to a "bucket list."  



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