The frigid air seared our lungs as we waited at the shopping center parking lot in Sedona, AZ. Then our ride, Red Rock Hot Air Balloon Co., arrived to take us on an unforgettable experience. We drove out to the desert before sunrise. The balloon crew worked feverishly to get the massive balloon inflated. Then we climbed in. Before we knew it we were rising above the desert floor. Floating through the red rocks watching the sun pierce the morning sky and cascading its brilliant light over the land was pure joy. For a moment our pilot's voice faded and even though the basket was full, it felt like we were all alone drifting over this magnificent landscape. Then some one yelled, Deer!" Thrust back into reality, we looked down to the ground to see a family of deer darting through the trees. The warmth from the flames would blast heat down on us which helped keep us from freezing. A side benefit. It was quite a thrill when we headed straight for a hill and the wind lifted us over the top. As we ascended over the hill, I imagined that's what a bird must feel like when it uses the wind to go aloft. Mike noticed the spot vehicles on the ground, so we knew our ride would soon be over. The ground was coming close to early. We didn't want it to end. The flight lasted just over an hour but it seemed like minutes. With our feet on the ground, new friends, and a Champagne toast we felt thankful for having this experience.
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.