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The Ride of a Lifetime

Somehow I managed to weasel my way into an opportunity that had nothing to do with me.  I got to ride on a hot air balloon with the US Hot Air Balloon Team with Joey Fortman.

The day finally came and I trekked an hour and half one way to meet Joey Fortman at the the butt crack of dawn. I felt like a school girl the whole ride there. I was slightly nervous but way more excited and eager to do right by her since I had been recruited to take the pictures of the launch and her segment for The Today Show. She said I did good, lets just hope she wasn’t just being nice.

I hope these pictures express just a little bit of the experience and how freeing and refreshing it felt to fly above rooftops.

early morning sunrise time for hot air ballooning

hot air balloon filling up, philadelphia

us hot air balloon team, philadelphia,

hot air balloon ride

hot air balloon over 422, hot air balloon shadow

hot air balloon, view from the sky, birds eye view


view from hot air balloon

partner in crime, joey fortman, hot air balloon

I’ll be your sidekick whenever you want as long a life is always like this

I want to thank Stan of the US Hot Air Balloon Team and his helpful and joke cracking crew for the spectacular ride. It really was something I’ll remember forever. I could’ve done without the bumpy landing though 🙂


  1. Those pictures are amazing!

    A hot air balloon ride is on my bucket list – though I am HORRIBLY afraid of heights. Maybe some day, right?! 😉

    It looks like you had an absolute blast!

  2. Korbin Semaj says

    I’ve no practical experienced but I’m enjoying these excellent photos of hot air balloon. Really I’m exciting by your very nice post and thanks for it.

  3. VERY cool! This is on my bucket list. I’m SO nervous to do it though. Thanks for sharing! 😀

  4. What a neat experience. I seen some very pretty hot air balloons in Florida a few months ago and wanted to ride one too!

  5. That is just too cool!!! Very happy for you!!!

  6. Oh, wow!! I have always wanted to do this, too! I am so glad you got your chance! You brave woman, you!!

  7. So glad to read this. I’m going on a hot air balloon ride next month and I’m scared to death (not a fan of heights). Your images are beautiful…..I can’t wait to experience floating through the air.

  8. How freaking cool!! I so want to do that before I die!

  9. I LOVED spending the morning with you! You are such a blast to be around!! We must do something wild again!! RV trip? lol

  10. CrazySexyCool says

    We gave Mom this as a gift, but seems to have been a bit to extreme for her. 🙁

  11. Jessica Beard says

    This looks like so much fun! I will go in one some day. I’d be a little nervous at first I think. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing with us.

  12. Beautiful.

    You and my daughter both have the courage I lack to do this. I think I like my feet on the ground better, but my hat’s off to you for sure!

  13. My 13 year old and I have a pact to do this. She actually said it would be romantic to get engaged some day up yonder. I am thinking, yep, enough wine and ANYTHING is possible. LOL. I am not afraid of heights, just having someone else have complete control over what I am doing while in a small basket WAY up their bobbling around by the sun. haha. Well, it might be my LAST thing on my bucket list. Thanks for the beautiful and peaceful pictures. It makes it more real and exciting to know someone that has actually done this….and considering this was almost 6 months ago, and you are still here to tell about it, I guess is all worked out OK.
    Courage. This lioness is still in line in the land of Oz.

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