Saturday, 28 July 2018

MY FIRST TIME: HOT AIR BALLOONING!


Long time no blog! Ah, it's so nice to be back in the mix and have the time to write and reflect on here again. So, last year I told my whole family I wanted to conquer my fear of heights, so they all got me gift experiences involving heights bless them. Since that birthday, I have been on the orbit slide, I have climbed the o2 with my girlies, I have been parasailing, I zip lined over creeks in Costa Rica and I flew over the blue hole in Belize on a tiny little rickety plane. It's safe to say, I am a little more used to heights now. 

Due to my fear of heights, I predicted I would be trembling and sitting at the bottom of the basket until they got the thing down, however it was nothing like I had anticipated. We crawled into the basket as it was on its side and held onto the ropes and sat on the bench, which in itself was rather relaxing. The take-off and flight itself are so beautifully calm because there is no engine. The only time it isn't super peaceful is when the hot air is being released, however, even then it is not an offensive sound! 

I loved it up there, it was like sailing on a really calm lake and it was so peaceful. It's so beautifully strange to hear and see the birds from above. They sound different and indeed look it too. I loved floating so closely over the treetops and lakes. Honestly, it was such a dreamy experience. 

One thing that shocked us all was that the pilot doesn't have a specific landing spot, he just has to look out for a decent place to land. I asked him if the farmers minded this and he said 'I think we've found all the farmers that don't like balloons now' haha - and we all hoped so! I asked how long it takes to get a pilot licence and what's involved too. It takes two years to get a pilot licence and you have to learn about human performance, physics, the mechanics of the balloon and lots more. What an interesting career path! 

The landing of a hot air balloon isn't as gracious as the take off as you land with a thud and the basket is dragged along the ground for a bit, but in comparison to some flights I've been on - it was actually very delicate. After we had landed and disembarked the basket, we helped the pilot and his men pack away the balloon and toasted to the experience. We were then handed our certificates and left to mingle. I love the people you meet on these types of experiences. They are the type of people I would love to be friends with. Adventurous go-getters with a specific thirst for life that I appreciate and admire. I met one lady who was just drilling through her bucket list. She'd recently been to see Whales in Boston and was heading to Australia to see the wildlife there. I met another heights enthusiast who had thrown himself off a mountain while paragliding just a few days prior. They were such an interesting bunch and I hope they all continue to be as they are. 

It was honestly such a beautiful, beautiful experience and I keep dreaming about it now. Even if you''re afraid of heights, I would recommend giving it a go because it does feel pretty safe up there. I even looked over the side without getting vertigo! Anyway - fears are only there to be overcome.

I hope you get the chance to go on a hot air balloon sometime soon and I am so grateful I have just had this new experience. Thank you to my uncle for the tickets for my last birthday, Thank you to virgin for being such wonderful hosts and Thank you to the Universe for giving me these opportunities and experiences!

There are some photos beneath from the day but if you would like to see videos and more photos - go and check out my Instagram posts and stories for more! I hope you're having a great day! 

Peace Out Potatoes! xo

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