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A true Charlottesville experience!
This time of year is the best for the Sunrise flight. With the cool, crisp mornings and prevailing winds blowing to the North, the flight path shows off some spectacular foliage. i could not take enough pictures. I was surprised it was not very cold, but when the pilot explained we are moving WITH the wind, so you aren’t feeling it, it made sense, but the opposite of saling, so dress for the temperature! Rick, the pilot, sure knows his stuff and is very informative. When we flew over the reservoir, he dipped the basket so it skimmed the water. Wasn’t at all scary, and very impressive flying. we were in the air about 45 minutes before we set down in a field, and every pitched in to roll up the balloon to pack it in the trailer that followed our flight. A van takes you back to the boars Head Inn. This is not a cheap outing – over $200 per person – but unforgettable and great for a special occasion for when wealthy relatives visit!
The hot air balloon pilot, Rick, makes flying seem safer than walking.
I took my dad for a hot air balloon flight over Charlottesville for his 75th birthday. I am pretty scared of heights…and of anything remotely unsafe or scary. However, the pilot, Rick, put me completely at ease. The whole experience was one of the most, literally, awesome of my life. What a brilliant way to celebrate my dad’s birthday. Thanks to Rick. I would highly recommend the experience.
Best adventures of our lives
Rick Behr of Boar’s Head ballooning took me and my two kids up and over Charlottesville on what turned out to be one of the best adventures of our lives. The kids absolutely loved seeing the sights from a bird’s eye view. I’m a little scared of heights, so was a little worried, but I was pleasantly surprised to find out the flight is so smooth and serene, it turns out not to be scary at all. Rick was amazing with the kids and kept them engaged, while skillfully manning the balloon. He has so much experience and is very attuned to safety which was incredibly important to me since I was taking my kids. It was one of the main reasons I chose Boars Head ballooning. The champagne toast and gorgeous pictures from our photographer/chaser were just icing on an already delicious cake.