Archive for August, 2010

Weekend Balloon Rides and Flying Weather for this Week

Monday, August 30th, 2010

We had a very busy weekend with the great flying weather over the weekend. Taking a short  R&R break until Tuesday, when we will be flying again as the good flying conditions look to continue through at least Wednesday or Thursday. Currently, the early look at the coming Labor Day holiday weekend looks to be more fall like with some flying opportunities after a frontal passage sometime either late Thursday or on Friday. Depending on how close and when tropical system Earl moves up the east coast and out to sea, will have a factor on our flying conditions for late in the week and into the early part of the holiday weekend.

Sharon,Donny,Dawn,&Nancy

On Friday morning's flight is Sharon, Donny, Dawn & Nancy

We passed on flying Friday PM due to lack of wind that would have made for a boring ride for our passengers.

On Saturday morning we flew Dana, Matthew, Taylor, & Max plus Brigette & Mindi

On Saturday morning we flew Dana, Matthew, Taylor, & Max plus Brigette & Mindi

On Saturday evening we flew a private group with a request for no pictures to be posted for public view. We are here serve our customers and honor their wishes.

On Sunday morning, we flew Corey, Michele, Tamara & Nathan.

On Sunday morning, we flew Corey, Michele, Tamara & Nathan.

We took a break on Sunday evening and Monday from flying after the weekend’s busy flying schedule to get ready for our week going into the Labor Day holiday weekend, summer’s last hurrah.

Balloon Ride Flying Weather for the Weekend and into next Week

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

The flying weather forecast looks great right into the mid part of next week. We currently have some space available for Monday and early Tuesday for riders, so call if interested.

Warrensburg

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Wifey and I made a recent trip up the Northway  to exit 23 to Warrensburg, to her favorite area framing/gifty shop.

Warrensburg is a small community nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, noted for it's antique shops and old Victorian B&Bs

Warrensburg is a small community nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, noted for it's antique shops and old Victorian B&Bs

The Riverside Gallery is loaded with Adirondack style gift items and is a quality frame shop

The Riverside Gallery is loaded with Adirondack style gift items and is a quality frame shop

We stopped at a place called Lizzie Keays for lunch that is across the Schroon River from the Gallery. It was ok, but there are much better places to have lunch not far away.

We stopped at a place called Lizzie Keays for lunch that is across the Schroon River from the Gallery. It was ok, but there are much better places to have lunch not far away.

Just down the street from Lizzie Keays is The Gristmill, a restaurant that has a fine reputation. They are not open for lunch.

Just down the street from Lizzie Keays is The Gristmill, a restaurant that has a fine reputation. They are not open for lunch.

Warrensburg has at times had several fine restaurants, but lately, I can only recommend The Gristmill and Brunetto’s. Neither place seems to have a web site, but there are numerous reviews available through Yahoo, Trip Advisor etc. Warrensburg has several fine Victorian style B&Bs and country Inns. The Chamber of Commerce has a web site that details all there is to know about this mountain community that is adjacent to Lake George and about a half hour north of Saratoga Springs.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for the Week of August 23-29

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

The flying weather forecast looks challenging for a good part of the week, but should be good by the time the coming weekend rolls around. There may be some flying opportunities on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as early Thursday. But, later on Thursday and part if not all of Friday, do not look good at this time. Flying on Tuesday and Wednesday will depend on whether we get any drying between now and then, we got a lot of rain overnight on Saturday and again on Sunday, and of course the weather, which will still be influenced by the cut-off low to our south until a front sweeps through on Thursday. Friday may be a bit blustery. High pressure moves in for the weekend. As always, the weather is a dynamic process, so check back later for weather updates as the week goes along.

The Silo

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Today, we went to breakfast with friend Rick Pollock who came down from Burlington VT to go on a balloon ride. But, the weather didn’t cooperate so we took him to the place where I pick-up my balloon ride passengers and transport them out to the flight area for their balloon ride. The Silo is a great place for breakfast or lunch.

Did I say it was raining and that's why we weren't flying, yup!

Did I say it was raining and that's why we weren't flying, yup!

Rick and Tani heading in.

Rick and Tani heading in.

Heading toward the dinning area.

Heading toward the dining area.

The restaurant

The restaurant

Ample portions, wouldn't you say!

Ample portions, wouldn't you say!

Bistro Tallulah

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

A little while back, Tani went out to eat with an old high school buddy and his friend at our favorite place in downtown Glens Falls for dinner, Bistro Tallulah. Tallulah’s is a place where we’ve never been disappointed with our meal. If you go, you have to make reservations. It’s very difficult to get in as a walk-up.

The place was quiet to start

The place was quiet to start

The place is decorated with a Jazz theme

The place is decorated with a Jazz theme

Having drinks while waiting for Bobbie

Having drinks while waiting for Bobbie

The place started to fill-up quickly

The place started to fill-up quickly

Bobbie and Tani

Bobbie and Tani

Sorry, no pics of the food. To much good conversation and good eating to remember to take any more pics. Maybe, another time.

Weekend Flight and Weather for Week of 8/22-28

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

Well, it wasn’t the best weekend, or week, for flying. While we did manage a couple of flights during the week, we only flew on Saturday morning over the weekend. We canceled the Saturday afternoon flight when we met the passengers at the pick-up because of the weather conditions, which were unfortunately in a deterioration mode with heavy rain on the way, which is what we are now experiencing. According to the public forecast, the weather will not start to improve until Tuesday, which if we get the amount of rain they are forecasting, 2-5 inches in the flight area, we may not resume our flights until Wednesday or Thursday to give the flight area time to dry out. But, at least the majority of the week looks to be dry after Monday, except for a frontal passage overnight on Wednesday.

Our Saturday AM passengers from Virginia Beach VA, Bill, Ian and Virginia.

Our Saturday AM passengers from Virginia Beach VA, Bill, Ian and Virginia.

Wednesday and Thursday Balloon Rides plus Weather Update going into the Weekend

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

On Wednesday morning, we flew a group of friends from Potsdam NY and Meriden CT.

Kim, Ed and Terry

Kim, Ed and Terry

On Thursday morning, I had a couple come all the way from Ballerup Demnark to fly with us, and during the flight, Kenneth proposed to Heidi.

The Proposal!

The Proposal!

The Acceptance. Congratulations!!

The Acceptance. Congratulations!!

The balloon ride flying weather is looking good for Friday and Saturday, and most likely early on Sunday. After that, rain will be coming in sometime late on Sunday into Monday. The flying weather should improve on Tuesday.

Friday and Saturday Balloon Rides and Weather Update for this Week

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

On Friday evening, we flew a couple from Elkton, MD

Connie & Jack

Connie & Jack

On Saturday morning, we flew a couple from Zionsville, PA

Will and Ann

Will and Ann

On Saturday evening, we flew 3 couples from the Albany area in our big Peacock VII hot air balloon.

Ray & Pam, Bruce & Linda, Epifanio & Beth Anne

Ray & Pam, Bruce & Linda, Epifanio & Beth Anne

The balloon flying weather for the week is coming into focus. The weather looks good for Tuesday and Wednesday, and probably early Thursday and Friday, into early Saturday. After that, our weather looks unsettled for the balance of the weekend into early next week. I am hopeful that the unsettled weather will hold off until later in the weekend. Check back later as we update the flying weather closer to the coming weekend.

August 11 and 12 Balloon Rides

Friday, August 13th, 2010

We flew a couple from Potsdam on Wednesday evening for their 25th Anniversary celebration

Congratulations Craig & Priscilla on your 25th

Congratulations Craig & Priscilla on your 25th

On the morning of the 12th, we flew a family from Valparaiso, Indiana who were vacationing in the area.

Jon & Nadine Philips and family

Jon & Nadine Philips and family