What is ballooning? Ballooning is the sport or pastime of flying in a balloon. What then is adventure? An adventure is an exciting or unusual experience. It may be a bold, usually risky undertaking with an uncertain outcome. Adventures may be activities with some potential for physical danger such skydiving, ballooning, mountain climbing or participating in extreme sport. As Helen Keller put it “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” Outdoor adventurous activities are undertaken for recreation or excitement like adventure ballooning. Adventurous activities can lead to gains in knowledge.
Hot air ballooning is the activity of flying hot air balloons. There are some aspects of ballooning and this includes the exceptional quiet except when the burners are firing, the lack of a feeling of movement, and the bird’s-eye-view. Since the balloon moves according to the direction of the winds, the passengers do not absolutely feel the wind except for instances during the flight when the balloon goes up and down into air currents that come from different direction or speed.
Adventure ballooning is taking some kind of risk and having some fun in flying in a hot air balloon, This adventure experience of flying in a hot air balloon for three to three and a half hours begins when you, the passenger arrives at the launch site, take part and/or watch the inflation of the hot air balloon. A little after sunrise the balloon lifts off for you to enjoy that journey with the unique aerial view of the Rio Grande Valley. Should you take the Balloon Festival flight this balloon will take you 5 miles west of the “Balloon Fiesta Park?” Some may consider landing during a “high wind” where in the basket either skids along the ground or may actually tip over in the travel direction and drag along the ground for short distances as the balloon deflates as some kind of adventure.
Balloon flying will depend on the weather of the day. Balloon flying is a fair-weather sport and all flights are dependent on the weather and are at the discretion of the pilot in command. The weather condition for the day is very important for those manning the hot air balloon. The weather is checked between 8pm to 9 pm. If it is determined that it is not going to be safe to fly, then the company calls you and will reschedule your flight. Most of the days are flyable but there are really days when the weather cannot be predicted. There simply are limits on what weather conditions balloon pilots can fly in and the passengers’ safety is a must. Whenever a flight is cancelled, there will be no charges.