Have you been up in a hot-air balloon?

@JudyEv (300450)
Rockingham, Australia
November 29, 2022 6:30pm CST
Our friends visited last night and told us all about hot-air ballooning. The trip in a balloon was a gift for the husband’s 75th birthday and included two night’s accommodation in a hotel close to the take-off site. Our friends had to be at the take-off area by 2.30am which would be a challenge in itself. As conditions weren’t right, they then travelled to another paddock where they were able to board the basket and take off. The basket held 21 and had five compartments which was a bit of a surprise to me. The flight lasted an hour and, when they landed, everyone helped pack up the balloon. Then they had a sumptuous breakfast and were given a video of their trip. They were extremely lucky with the weather as, soon after they’d landed, the rain started and continued all day. We have no plans to do this but I’m sure it’s exciting. So, the question is: Have anybody here been up in a hot-air balloon? The photo was taken by Vince. Obviously, it's not hot-air balloons but hang-gliders in Nepal. They jump off the mountain and share the sky with the vultures.
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@FourWalls (51107)
• United States
30 Nov
I have not. We have a balloon race as part of the Kentucky Derby Festival every year. They have a “balloon glow,” but I don’t think they have rides available. Not that I would, I have acrophobia.
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@FourWalls (51107)
• United States
30 Nov
@JudyEv — that Gatlinburg Sky bridge was enough of an acrophobia challenge for the year for me.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
@FourWalls Vince has to really steel himself for some height issues too.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
Vince doesn't like heights either so we probably won't bother ever going. It's pretty expensive too I think - and what an ungodly hour to have to get up!
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@Beestring (9709)
• Hong Kong
30 Nov
I haven’t been up in a hot air balloon but I've played with parachute. It was exciting.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
A parachute would be very exciting. Have you done it just the once?
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@Beestring (9709)
• Hong Kong
30 Nov
@JudyEv Yes, very exciting. I did it just once.
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@LadyDuck (426407)
• Switzerland
30 Nov
I was wondering where in Australia you had such a beautiful mountain This can be Mount Everest. The past September a hot air balloon lost control and they almost landed in our garden.
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@LadyDuck (426407)
• Switzerland
2 Dec
@JudyEv It could be Annapurna hard to guess looking only at the top of one mountain. I was seriously concerned. I heard a weird noise, went out on the balcony and noticed this big balloon just over our garden. I am glad they arrived to move a big further and land in the field where usually there are sheep.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
This might be Mount Ananpurna but I'm not sure. It would be a bit scary to have a balloon land in the garden or even almost land.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
@LadyDuck They don't seem to have a lot of control of these balloons once they are in the air.
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@DaddyEvil (112367)
• United States
30 Nov
The photo is beautiful, like always! And no, I'm not going up into the air without something more substantial than a bag of hot air holding me up there. I was scared enough when I went up in a helicopter and in a single-engine plane. (I don't go close to windows in a building taller than five stories, either!)
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
Vince is like you although he rises to the challenge when he absolutely has to. He had to go up in a cherry-picker when we painted a church roof.
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@DaddyEvil (112367)
• United States
30 Nov
@JudyEv If I have to, I can do it, but I'd really rather not need to go up like that. When I started working at Walmart, they trained me to run an elevating work platform. The first time I had to extend it all the way up I held onto the side bars so tight they teased me that I left my fingerprints in the metal. I never liked using it and finally let my license to use it expire and refused to renew the license.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
@DaddyEvil Some things aren't worth persevering with.
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@porwest (62938)
• United States
2 Dec
I have no plans to do it either, and no, I have never been in a hot air ballon. Besides the fact that I am terribly afraid of heights, I am also prone to disaster, so I prefer to stay grounded.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
There are many here who have issues with heights. They don't really worry me but Vince isn't keen to go in one.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Dec
@porwest Isn't that strange? But then, maybe it's not unusual at all.
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@porwest (62938)
• United States
4 Dec
@JudyEv I wasn't always afraid of heights. It was something I developed later in life for whatever reason.
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@CarolDM (201253)
• United States
30 Nov
Such a magical photo against the mountains. I have never been up but would love to fly with the birds one day. Have never been in a balloon or gone hand gliding.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
I think I'm too old to go now although I might have once when I was younger.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
@CarolDM I'll try to remember that! If I didn't have so much respect for you, I might dispute it.
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@CarolDM (201253)
• United States
30 Nov
@JudyEv You are never too old Judy.
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@RebeccasFarm (84649)
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
1 Dec
I have never and would not want to. I would be terrified as I watched Mysterious Island when a kid.
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• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
2 Dec
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
I've got past the age of wanting to go up in a balloon. I would have once when I was younger.
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@wolfgirl569 (69691)
• Marion, Ohio
30 Nov
I am not interested in doing it.
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@wolfgirl569 (69691)
• Marion, Ohio
30 Nov
@JudyEv A friend of mine went sort of sky diving here. By sort of I mean it is inside fully controlled. But you get the feeling of it. I am not interested in that either
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
I don't think we'll be bothering either. And it's very expensive.
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• United States
30 Nov
i'd truly not wish fer such'n 'dventure. like havin' my feet either firmly 'pon the ground 'r with stirrups. the latter choice way closer to terra firma than a danged balloon. can't 'magine doin' such with so many folk??
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• United States
1 Dec
@JudyEv aint that the truth?? such'd put much worry'n my mind e'en though i'm purty sure such 'tis built to handle 't. nah, hard pass from me if'n i 'twas the 'nly passenger :)
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
I was surprised to learn there were so many in the basket. That would be a lot of weight for the balloon to lift.
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@just4him (272651)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
30 Nov
What fun they had. I would like to go up in a hot-air balloon. It sounds like a lot of fun. I know I'm afraid of heights, but it is enclosed, so I think I would be fine. I didn't know you could put that many people in a hot air basket. It must have been huge to have five compartments. I love the picture of all the hang-gliders in Nepal.
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@just4him (272651)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
3 Dec
@JudyEv That is surprising.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
I was surprised at how many people the basket held. And there would be the gas fire affair as well.
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@Ronrybs (16566)
• London, England
30 Nov
One of the people I used to work with owned a balloon with her husband. Not something I fancied doing, as I'd be afraid of the bottom of the basket dropping off! Didn't realise that they could hold so many people
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
I was surprised that they were so large. The basket and 21 people would be quite a weight for the balloon to lift. Maybe your friend's balloon was just a 2-3 person one or whatever.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Dec
@Ronrybs Fair enough.
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@Ronrybs (16566)
• London, England
4 Dec
@JudyEv Either way, you'll not get me up in one!
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@RubyHawk (82124)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Nov
I haven’t been up in a hot air balloon but I’ve watched them take off and land.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
Even that would be quite exciting I think.
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@RubyHawk (82124)
• Atlanta, Georgia
30 Nov
@JudyEv I enjoyed watching but I wouldn’t get in one.
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@aninditasen (12484)
• Raurkela, India
30 Nov
I have read and seen hot air balloon in the TV but have never experienced the ride.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
I think I'm a bit old now for such a ride. I think I'd be a bit too scared.
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@aninditasen (12484)
• Raurkela, India
2 Dec
@JudyEv I too. I would never ride on such a balloon.
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@Hannihar (125952)
• Israel
30 Nov
@JudyEv No, I have never done it before. It sounds like fun and glad they got to do it. I am glad they had nice weather.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
30 Nov
I might have liked to have done it when I was younger but not now.
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@Hannihar (125952)
• Israel
30 Nov
@JudyEv I understand what you are saying. I do not like to take risks now because I am older now.
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@rsa101 (36651)
• Philippines
1 Dec
.I believe we have one in a nearby province. However, I haven't tried it yet because I'm not sure if the cost is reasonable. Even though it may go slowly up and down, I believe it to be a really thrilling ride. Simply put, I wanted to see if it could be guided or if it would just follow the wind. Or it is simply drawn back down when it is time to land since it is tied to the area where it flew.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
This one isn't tied to the ground in any way. It is tracked from below and they seem to have some idea of where it will land.
@allknowing (111357)
• India
30 Nov
I only use balloons to decorate my Xmas venues for the several parties I have hosted - just cold air (lol)
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
That's good too. Balloons are always colourful and decorative.
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@Juliaacv (74763)
• Canada
1 Dec
We had a hot air balloon ride of sorts. It was teathered with only about a 150 foot reach, but I did go up that far. I did not like it as I felt that the burners let off quite a bit of heat.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
I would feel a bit safer if it were tethered.
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@marlina (154889)
• Canada
4 Dec
Never been up in a hot-air balloon and never will
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Dec
Fair enough. I'll give it a pass too.
@Tampa_girl7 (50056)
• United States
30 Nov
I’ve never been in one. I think it would scare me.
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
2 Dec
I would have liked doing it once but I'm not as brave as I used to be.
@Inlemay (17751)
• South Africa
4 Dec
No - not on your nellie!
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@JudyEv (300450)
• Rockingham, Australia
5 Dec
Haha - I think the responses would be about 50-50. Maybe a few more not wanting to go than the other. lol