Archive for June, 2010

Flying Weather Update going into the Holiday Weekend

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

We are forecast to haveĀ  a fine stretch of weather heading into and for the 4th of July Holiday. We have space available on most flights this week and for the coming weekend. Call 518-793-6342 or email phil@adirondackballoonflights.com to make a reservation.

Saratoga Springs

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Saratoga Springs is just a half hour south of Lake George, and a half hour north of Albany, the Capital District. Saratoga has retained it’s Victorian era charm, which was it’s early golden age. What originally attracted people to Saratoga was the horses at it’s race track, and it’s many mineral springs. Today, Saratoga is a happening place, with many fine restaurants, shopping and entertainment venues. Saratoga Performing Arts Center, or SPAC, is the area’s best know entertainment venue that draws nationally famous artists such as Yo-Yo Ma and the Philadelphia Orchestra, NYC Ballet, the Dave Mathew’s Band, and the annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival. Saratoga Springs is also home to Yaddo, a 400 acre artists colony founded by Wall Street financier Spencer Trask and his author wife Katrina. Since it’s inception in 1900, Yaddo has been home to 60 Pulitzer Prize winning authors and one Nobel Prize winner. Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote and David Sedaris have all been artisis-in-residence.

The Yaddo

The Yaddo

An early spring tour around Yaddo gardens with our friends, the Leahy's.

An early spring tour around Yaddo gardens with our friends, the Leahy's.

Congress Park in center of Saratoga

Congress Park in center of Saratoga Springs

Spit & Spat fountain in Congress Park

Spit & Spat fountain in Congress Park

Park statuary

Park statuary

more Park views

more Park views

One of Saratoga's many mineral springs

One of Saratoga's many mineral springs

The Bread Basket Bakery across from the Park on Spring Street - yummy!

The Bread Basket Bakery across from the Park on Spring Street - yummy!

View down Broadway/Rt 9, Saratoga's main drag

View down Broadway/Rt 9, Saratoga's main drag

The Adelphi, the last of old Victorian area Hotels left standing that used to line Broadway

The Adelphi, the last of the old Victorian era hotels that used to line Broadway

Wifey's favorite kiddie shop for grandson Milo - Zola Kids

Wifey's favorite kiddie shop on Broadway for grandson Milo - Zola Kids

Best coffee shop on Broadway - Uncommon Grounds

Best coffee shop on Broadway - Uncommon Grounds

Two of Saratoga's institutions, Hatties Chicken Shack and Lina's Coffee House on Phila Street. Celebrety Chef Bobby Flay challenged Hattie's chef Jason Alexander to a fried chicken "throw-down" for his Food Network TV show.

Two of Saratoga's institutions, Hattie's Chicken Shack and Caffe Lina, on Phila Street. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay, challenged Hattie's chef, Jason Alexander, to a fried chicken "throw-down" for Flay's Food Network TV show. Lina's coffee house was a venue that launched careers of young folk artists like Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie, and Don McLean, who is said to have composed his "American Pie" while sitting at a table at the Tin & Lint Bar on Caroline Street.

The Beekman Street Art's District. Interesting off-Broadway shopping and restaurants

The Beekman Street Art's District. Interesting off-Broadway shopping and restaurants

Saratoga has a vibrant Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings on High Rock Ave.

Saratoga has a vibrant Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings on High Rock Ave.

Another market view

Another market view

Our favorite place to eat in Saratoga, Maestro's on Broadway, next to The Adelphi

Our favorite place to eat in Saratoga, Maestro's on Broadway, next to The Adelphi

Scallions on Lake Ave, next to The Parting Glass Irish Pub. Scallions is great for a lite meal

Scallions on Lake Ave, next to The Parting Glass Irish Pub. Scallions is great for a lite meal

Flying Weather for the Week of 28th into the 4th Holiday Weekend

Sunday, June 27th, 2010

Showers are forecast in the vicinity for today, with a greater chance of showers south of Albany. There is a greater chance of rain tonight as a warm front pushes north across the area overnight, to be followed by a cold front on Monday. A much cooler airmass will settle over the region through mid week. A longwave trough and a very cool airmass will end the month of June with unsettled weather, then high pressure builds into the area for the end of the week and the 4th of July Holiday Weekend with seasonably warm temperatures.

06/26/AM Hot Air Balloon Ride

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

It certainly was a summer like morning for flying. It may be the only flight we get-in this weekend with the weather. Had a fun group of ladies on-board this morning that added to the flight.

Audrey & Joy

Audrey & Joy

Lucy

Lucy

Cheers

Cheers

Summer Solstice 2010

Friday, June 25th, 2010

This year on the Solstice, we were able to enjoy 2 hot air balloon flights on the longest day of the year. The actual time of the Solstice was 7:28 AM EDT. We were up flying a mother/daughter from Selkirk at the time of the morning Solstice, and for the late afternoon flight, we had a proposal/engagement on the flight, to cap-off the longest day of the year.

Tiffany & Judy, this was right around the time of the Solstice

Tiffany & Judy, this was right around the time of the Solstice

Bryan proposing to Nicole on the late day flight

Bryan proposing to Nicole on the late day flight

I thought it was pretty cool that we were able to share this day in a special way with others via our Peacock hot air balloon.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for this Weekend

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Friday looks to be a beautiful day for flying. The weather should hold into Saturday morning. The weather is forecast to go downhill on Saturday as a cold front drops down from Canada during the day, bringing an increased chance of rain into the overnight. After some possible early morning visibility limitation due to fog, the weather should improve for most of Sunday, before another system sets us up for more rain late on Sunday, into Monday.

06/21 PM Flight

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

On last night’s flight, Bryan proposed and Nicole accepted, Congratulations!

The Proposal

The Proposal

Accepted

Accepted

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Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for Week of 6/21

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Today, Monday and Tuesday morning offer good flying weather. The flight weather looks to go downhill overnight on Tuesday into Thursday. The weather is forecast to improve by Friday into the first half of the coming weekend. We have space available, morning flights meet at 5:30 AM and 6:15 PM this week. Call 518-793-6342 or email phil@adirondackballoonflights.com to make a reservation.

06-21 AM Flight

Monday, June 21st, 2010

After a rather not flyable weekend, Monday is working out to be a good day for hot air ballooning.

Tiffany and Judy from Selkirk flew with us on our Monday morning balloon ride

Tiffany and Judy from Selkirk flew with us on our Monday morning balloon ride

Trip to Fort Ti

Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Wifey and I decided to make a trip north on a beautiful Friday and have a picnic on the grounds of Fort Ticonderoga, which overlooks Lake Champlain. Fort Ti is a place we used to bring our boys when they were young for picnics and expose them to the living history of our area. Fort Ti’s history dates back to the French and Indian Wars of 1754 to 1763 between the English and French, that in 1756, erupted into a world wide conflict known as the Seven Years War. Both the British and the French made claims on area territory in a struggle for a North American Empire. A little bit north of Ti is Crown Point State Historic Site, which holds the ruins of the largest fortification built by the British on North American soil. Both forts played a part in the American Revolution of 1775, providing canon and ordinance for General Washington’s campaign against the British in Boston. There are car ferries that provide transport across Lake Champlain to Vermont at both forts.

Entrance to Fort Ti

Entrance to Fort Ti grounds

Into the Fort

Into the Fort

Overlooking Lake Champlain

Overlooking Lake Champlain

The Kings Garden

Wifey's main attraction at Fort Ti

Wifey's main attraction at Fort Ti

Wifey checking out the veggies growing in the soldiers Garrison Garden

Wifey checking out the veggies growing in the soldiers Garrison Garden

Into the Kings Garden

Into the Kings Garden

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The way out

The way out

The old Pavilion, built as a private residence by the Pell family in 1826, later converted to a hotel in 1839 to receive the early "heritage tourists" that travelled by steamboat to visit the ruins of Ft Ticonderoga

The old Pavilion, built as a private residence by the Pell family in 1826, later converted to a hotel in 1839 to receive the early "heritage tourists" that travelled by steamboat to visit the ruins of Ft Ticonderoga

Park in the Village of Ticonderoga which was once the site of an early International Paper Mill

Park in the Village of Ticonderoga which was once the site of an early International Paper Mill

The car ferry on Lake Champlain between Ft Ti and Shoram Vt

The car ferry on Lake Champlain between Ft Ti and Shoreham

That's it for this trip!

That's it for this trip!