Searching for Hot air balloon trips in Eugene? You've come to the spot! Finding a firm to provide Hot air balloon trips is easy. In addition, you can visit our ride guide, or look in your yellow pages.
Enjoying Hot air balloon trips is something anyone can enjoy, but it is also a very popular way to celebrate a birthday! When you speak with the company you are considering booking with, be sure to ask how many other passengers will be aboard the balloon.
When it is time for your flight, your pilot will offer to let you help with the assembly and inflation of the balloon. Go ahead and do it - it adds to the experience!
How can I find a balloon ride company if there isn't one listed near me?
You can check your local yellow pages for balloon rides, but it is possible that there are no flights available. Some areas are not conducive to safe balloon flight, so you may need to contact a company in a nearby city or state.
Flying in a balloon is a wonderful experience, and is definitely worth the effort even if you need to take an overnight trip to fly in a balloon. Talk to the balloon company about nearby hotels and other activities you can do while you are visiting their area.
Famous Balloon Quote:
How posterity will laugh at us, one way or other! If half a dozen break their necks, and balloonism is exploded, we shall be called fools for having imagined it could be brought to use: if it should be turned to account, we shall be ridiculed for having doubted.
— Horace Walpole, letter to Horace Mann, 24 June 1785.
What if you have to go to the bathroom?
Pre-planning is the key! Since flights average about an hour or so, pre-planning pays off in this regard. There are no bathrooms aboard the balloon.
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One of the most dangerous weather conditions balloonists face is thunderstorms. During the pre-flight weather briefing, balloon pilots want radar summaries to show thunderstorms no closer than 100 miles from the flight area. In flight, the pilot constantly looks for changing conditions which could signal convective activity. At the first sign of building cumulus clouds, rapidly changing wind direction on the surface, or other such indicators, the balloon should get on the ground as quickly as possible.