Archive for May, 2013

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather

Friday, May 24th, 2013
We'd love it to look like this, but, not until Monday - hopefully!

We’d love it to look like this, but, not until Monday – hopefully!

Expect summer-like weather to return next week, so it should look like this again then for our Adirondack Balloon Flights hot air balloon rides.

Memorial Weekend Forecast Update

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Well, the weather forecast update isn’t very pretty for the Memorial Holiday Weekend. When I originally posted the weekend forecast on Tuesday, the weather looked pretty good going into the weekend according to the National Weather Service. The Albany NWS forecast discussion did mention tho, the possibility of a cut-off low forming off the New Jersey Coast and it hanging around for most of the weekend. It now looks like what they were at the time considering the outlier computer model, is not the consensus forecast model for the weekend. If you are visiting the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany, The Capital District region over the Memorial Holiday Weekend, expect November like weather. If you are heading into the Adirondacks, expect the chance of snow showers in the higher elevations Saturday/early Sunday. The rest of the area will be a cold rain and wind, especially on Saturday, with some improvement on Sunday, and hopefully a somewhat decent Monday – we’ll see.

Memorial Weekend Weather Forecast for Balloon Rides

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The Albany National Weather Service forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, and Albany, The Capital District region is stormy until Friday, with improving weather by the Memorial Holiday Weekend. The weather for doing a hot air balloon ride looks best on Sunday and Monday. I have availability so give a call to 518-793-6342 if interested in flying this Memorial Day Weekend, or contact me thru my Adirondack Balloon Flights web site.

The view from the balloon, looking toward the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather for this Week

Monday, May 20th, 2013

The weather forecast for Adirondack hot air balloon rides this week in the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany, The Capital District region does not look very promising until the coming Memorial Holiday Weekend. I have space available on my Adirondack Balloon flights this Memorial Day Weekend, so give a call to 518-793-6342 to book a balloon ride with me or contact me through my web site –

The view of the early morning mist in the mountain valleys from our balloon.

Recent Hot Air Balloon Ride

Sunday, May 19th, 2013

Saturday was a beautiful day for going on an Adirondack hot air balloon ride. On my Saturday PM balloon flight, I had a proposal by a young couple from the Hamilton, Ontario Canada area.

Tanya and Jeremy

Airborne over the Argyle, Washington County area.

The proposal begins.

The question?

On goes the ring.

The ring!

The engaged couple enjoying an apres-flight champagne toast, cheers!

Recent Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

On a rather chilly Tuesday morning, I flew a young couple that are SUNY Albany students, who had just finished their finals and are looking forward to their final/senior year in college.

Michaela and Jonathan

It was a beautiful morning for flying, temps right around 32’s

What’s not to like, — a beautiful day and company.

OK, now for the weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs region part of this post. Expect flying conditions and the weather to improve as we head into the coming weekend. Temps should go up from the last couple of days, and the flying conditions should be good on Friday, Saturday and at least Sunday morning, if not afternoon also. So, if you have any interest in going on a hot air balloon ride, give a call to 518-793-6342 or contact me through my web –

Northeastern Pioneer Aeronauts Reunion

Monday, May 13th, 2013

Just back from a fantastic weekend, a reunion with around 100 folks who are the pioneer hot air balloon flyers from the late 60’s and 70’s who flew the early days of hot air ballooning in the Northeast. We had folks attending who were mainly still in the NE, but also who came from North & South Carolina, Colorado, California and Florida. It was a great opportunity to renew old friendships, share old tales, and just talk. If interested, you can check-out some of the bios and pics sent-in for the online Year Book. As a bonus, Dr Clayton Thomas was inducted into the Balloon Federation Hall of Fame at the Saturday afternoon event by Mick Murphy, representing the BFA.

In this photo is Ande Rooney from Port Ewen NY, Gil Foster from Stonington CT, myself, Chris Mooney from Woodbury CT, and Rick Pollock from Shelburne VT.

There have been a couple of books written on the “Pioneer Days” of ballooning by fellow Aeronauts — Tom Smith, “The Pioneer Days of Hot Air Ballooning”; Fred Williams, “Memoirs of an old Fat Balloonist”–I’ve got to quote you the Foreword by Brian Boland. “Fred is a BIG guy. When an individual who is bigger than life comes crashing into your world, it leaves a lasting impression. My encounter with Fred in the mid-70’s was one of those defining moments.

“It was at the 2nd Glens Falls balloon meet. …A buddy an I were flying along and began to notice that all the other balloons were landing. We climbed to take a good look and saw forest forever…saw a farmer below. I yelled down ‘What’s it like up ahead?’..’trees’. We dumped in for a last field landing,…”

“…we looked up to see a green and white balloon rapidly following our path. …’Ya gotta land HERE’…He may have already realized this as within moments the whole balloon changed shape…and he came in like a meteorite.”

“Then there was a huge rebound and what seemed to be a well-deflated balloon yanked the burner and then the basket walls and finally the basket floor for one last 20-foot balloon hop. Somehow, somewhere, the intrepid balloon driver managed to turn off the burner(but only after burning away a lot of said balloon).”

“We ran over, and there amidst the separated basket walls, floor, and heavy steel tanks was the largest balloon man I’d ever seen. It turned out there was another guy under him that I couldn’t even see! That’s my first real memory of meeting Fred Williams.”

And then, Fred just goes on with stories like this thru a prolonged hot air ballooning career in the book. We ended up naming a “Shit Happens” award at the Adirondack Balloon Festival after Fred’s caper on that memorable flight detailed by Brian.

Here’s an old pic of me from 1979 on the set (this scene never made the cut) of Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories”. A generator that ran the lights, took up most of the room in the basket – no such thing as miniaturization back in the 70’s. Actually did a couple of flights with a running generator and only room for 1 – 10 gal tank of fuel. The flights were interesting, since it was North Shore Long Island, very near the LI Sound @ Planting Fields Arboretum. Those tales are for another time.


Recent Balloon Rides and Mother’s Day Weekend, Balloon Flying Weather

Friday, May 10th, 2013

First up, the Mother’s Day weekend weather forecast for the Lake George – Saratoga Springs – Albany, Capital District region from Albany NWS. Put simply, is not the best for balloon flying. While Saturday looks to be rather on the wet side, Sunday will be drier, but with scattered showers and some wind. The best day for going on a hot air balloon ride will be Tuesday and maybe Wednesday morning of the coming week.

Now for our recent flights—We started the hot air balloon flying season with a proposal on April 28th.

Next, we flew Jay DeDapper and Tod Wohlfarth on Sunday afternoon, the 4th of May.

Tod, Marguerite (who assisted as “ground crew”) and Jay

Jay is a former political reporter @ WNBC in NYC, and Tod is Partner/Creative Director of Rock Paper Pixel, a brand strategy and design studio.

This weekend, we are heading down to Fishkill for the Northeastern Pioneer Aeronauts Reunion. I’m looking forward to getting together with some folks that I haven’t seen in quite awhile and who I originally got to know back in the early days of hot air balloon flying in the 70’s. The the modern era, pioneer days of hot air ballooning.

Balloon Ride Weather Forecast for Weekend and early next Week

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Our weather continues to be beautiful for outdoor activity, including going on a hot air balloon ride. The National Weather Service forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany – The Capital District region, continues to be dry, under the influence of a blocking high pressure area, parked over the northeastern part of the United States. If anyone is interested in going on a balloon ride during a pretty time of spring, now is your opportunity – we have space available on most flights right through next week. So, give us a call @ 518-793-6342 and/or check out our web site, and fill-out the reservation form to book your balloon flight.

The view from our hot air balloon

The view inside our hot air balloon

Our hot air balloon

Best of Spring

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

We were chosen as one of the “Best Places to Celebrate Spring” by the Albany Times Union Explore Magazine. I feel honored to be chosen by the major print media outlet for the Capital District of New York, as one of the best attractions in their readerships “backyard”. So blog heads, here’s your opportunity to schedule a hot air balloon ride with one the best in the Albany, Capital District Region of New York State. Call me @ 518-793-6342.

The Balloon

The View

The Pilot