It was a special occasion and I wanted to find a way to celebrate. How about a surprise balloon trip. We did have to rise early in the morning, so I told my wife we needed to leave before dawn. My son told her we were going on a special early morning hike to throw her off, and although we love hiking, it was not what she had in mind for her 50th. As we made our way around the lake in the early morning heading to Lake Tahoe Balloon in South Lake Tahoe, my wife wondered were we were going. Once we pulled into the marina area, she knew were were not going for a hike, but thought we were going fishing. Lake Tahoe is great for fishing, but not really how she wanted to celebrate this occasion. Then she saw
the Tahoe Balloon sign and was relieved and excited. It is unusual to have a balloon company in a marina, and for good reason… Lake Tahoe Balloon is the only company to take off AND land on a boat. The below message from the Lake Tahoe Balloon website mentioning their safety record also made me feel a bit better as I am not the biggest fan of heights.
With well over two decades of flying in Lake Tahoe and a spotless safety record, Lake Tahoe Balloons is an ideal way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons, engagements or any special occasion for that matter. Lake Tahoe Balloons offers one of the most spectacular ways to see Lake Tahoe and is the only company offering hot air balloon rides over Lake Tahoe. We are also the only company in the world that launches and lands from the deck of a boat. Lake Tahoe Balloons truly is one of the most unique hot air balloon rides in the world.
As we registered in the office I have to admit I got a bit nervous about the height thing. Once we were all registered we made our way to the boat. The crew separated the guests into two groups. There would be two rides and since we were in the second group we had a chance to see the balloon take off and land before we got in. The ride was even better than I expected and my height phobia was not an issue at all. The ride was so smooth, peaceful and quiet (other than the occasional burst of burning gas) and the views were simply breathtaking. The calm morning air was perfect for a balloon ride and as we peacefully floated over the southern part of Lake Tahoe we had unique views of the mountains, entire lake and smaller surrounding lakes. Once back on the boat we celebrated with the traditional champagne toast. A perfect morning adventure.
After the trip we heading to a local dinner for breakfast, enjoying the moment before looking forward to the next adventure.