Hot Air Ballooning Ride The Skies From Dawn Till Dusk An Extreme Sport

Hot Air Ballooning Ride The Skies From Dawn Till Dusk An Extreme Sport

My first Hot Air Balloon ride was back in​ 1997 it​ seems like a​ long time ago now but I remember it​ like yesterday. Getting up at​ a​ staggering 4.00 am in​ the​ morning and​ driving to​ the​ Balloon Club. I had been given a​ Day out experience of​ a​ lifetime for​ a​ birthday present.
as​ a​ choice for​ an​ extreme sport it​ seemed the​ safest option as​ I had a​ choice of​ a​ parachute jump which I had done previously and​ can I highly recommend not to​ do again ever. the​ other fabulous choice was a​ diving experience and​ as​ I’m already a​ Divemaster I chose to​ do the​ Hot Air Balloon ride.
I drove up to​ the​ balloon centre and​ was welcomed and​ given the​ experience which includes the​ safety talk introduced to​ the​ day’s hot air balloon pilot and​ prospected course and​ a​ brief history of​ the​ sport of​ Hot Air Ballooning.
Watching in​ the​ early hours of​ the​ morning the​ giant red envelope inflating trying to​ calm my last minute nerves. Eventually the​ envelope was full enough to​ tilt the​ basket to​ the​ horizontal position. the​ pilot was fantastic at​ calming me and​ fiancée. at​ around 07:30 in​ the​ morning watching the​ sun rise and​ the​ balloon was ready. We scrambled aboard into the​ basket.
Watching the​ ropes release and​ feeling the​ initial lift made me shudder but then you feel strange as​ the​ ground gently slips away beneath you. the​ pilot gives a​ few blasts of​ the​ burner to​ give additional lift and​ we rise over the​ countryside.
Watching the​ landscape and​ the​ peace and​ quiet as​ we drift across England on a​ sunny day. This is​ one of​ the​ most acceptable extreme sports especially when you can the​ early morning rush hour of​ backed up traffic. Watching life go by slowly and​ feeling the​ wind and​ a​ fair bit of​ cold at​ altitude was one of​ the​ most fun days out I have ever had.
Eventually as​ they say what goes up must come down and​ the​ pilot pointed out into the​ distance to​ a​ large field and​ simply said landing over there approximately. the​ pilot had not used the​ burner for​ a​ while so we had started to​ descend. This is​ always going to​ be the​ tricky bit at​ what speed and​ our you going to​ get hurt when landing.
You start to​ feel a​ little bit anxious as​ you see the​ ground becoming a​ little bit closer but the​ use of​ the​ burner slows you down and​ I was confident in​ our pilots ability. We gently came down to​ the​ last 100 feet and​ you feel yourself counting as​ we get lower to​ the​ field and​ then as​ you touch drag along the​ floor you know the​ words the​ eagle has landed pass into your head.
We gladly helped out in​ tidying up the​ equipment as​ the​ call came through to​ where we had landed. We phoned through to​ find out where we are to​ get picked up. Overall it​ was a​ brilliant experience and​ now I have become a​ bit of​ a​ balloon enthusiast.
Becoming a​ hot air balloon pilot is​ out of​ my range at​ the​ moment but its something that I have started to​ look into. I have found that this is​ only way to​ fly gentle control and​ peaceful flying drifting over the​ countryside.
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© 2018 Andy Bolton 39 Liverpool UK

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