Bucket List Hot Air Balloon Ride was dumb.

Why is it so hard to do things as a Single person?!?!?!

Do you know how long it took me to feel comfortable to do things by myself?! When I was younger, I would pretend to stand outside the movie theater “waiting for a friend” until the last minute and then go watch the movie by myself. It was the first activity I could muster up the courage to do solo.

Shopping is easy to do alone. Grocery Shopping and Clothes shopping. Even though you won’t have a friendly opinion, I found it to be a shame free solo activity. You can always ask the sales clerk for their opinion. Be Careful- their motivation for saying nice things could be money via a commission. (Random Strangers in the store are good for an honest opinion)

Going on a Hot Air Balloon Ride has been on my bucket list for some time now.

The pandemic has changed the way their business operates. I understand. I want to be safe which is why I chose this outdoor activity to get out of the house after 6 months.

Currently the basket for the Hot Air Balloon is divided into four corners. Each corner can hold two people and they won’t allow a single person to take up a corner. How am I ever going to get on this hot air balloon? He said if the balloon was already going up and there was an empty corner, they would let me join.

I found a friend to join! Yay!! Then a week before our trip he hurt his leg. I called the hot air balloon place to ask if I could modify the reservation to just me. They would let me go by myself if and only if they didn’t resell the seats. The last minute change was going to work to my advantage.

They didn’t sell the seat. I got to go by myself. All the details were different. The ride was switched from 6:30 am to 3:00 p.m. It was a hot sunny day. The air for the balloon made it even hotter. Everyone was miserable. You could see it on their faces. Sweat dripping down for the entire ride. I sat down a few times in my tiny square. If there was another person with me, I wouldn’t have been able to do that. We didn’t go very high. We didn’t go very far. We didn’t travel fast. We didn’t feel a breeze in the air. The view was beautiful.

We landed in a farming field. They had a couple of spots to use. They made friends with the farmers. When we landed they gave the farmer a bottle of wine. They wanted us to help push the air out of the balloon ( that was fun ), tie up the balloon and push the basket into a trailer ( I couldn’t do either of those with a frozen shoulder). Then we loaded up into a van for our thirty minute ride back to the airport.

Even though I wanted the money I paid for this adventure back , I still felt pressure to tip. I wouldn’t do it again.

Don’t take my word for it. Maybe you will love it. I hope you do find out for yourself considering what the experience cost.

My favorite part: Crossing something off my Bucket List.

One thought on “Bucket List Hot Air Balloon Ride was dumb.

  1. I’ve never been in a hot air balloon but why would they switch a sunrise flight to middle of the afternoon with the sun right in your face flight? I would have canceled the ticket. I want to see the sunrise.

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