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Ballooning in the Adirondacks!

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Mother’s Day Gift Certificates Available

Monday, May 5th, 2014

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Gift Certificates are available at Adirondack Balloon Flights!!

Mother's Day Gift Certificates

New Beginnings for Adirondack Balloon Flights

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Adirondack Balloon FlightsAs the seasons start to change, new beginnings are springing up for Adirondack Balloon Flights. As we prepare for the 2014 flying season we’d like to make a few special announcements as well as introduce you to the new owners of Adirondack Balloon Flights, Brooke and Kiersten Owen.

Brooke and Kiersten have over 30 years combined experience within the ballooning industry. Brooke has flown over 3,300  hours and over 20,000 passengers. He has flown in over 30 states, 3 different countries, and is a nationally ranked competitive pilot. Brooke has been the chief pilot for Rainbow Ryders, Inc., the largest balloon company in the United States, for the past 13 years. Kiersten was an elected board member of the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau, a member of the National Concierge Association, and nominated to the Board of Directors for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. In addition, she held the position of Director of Operations at Rainbow Ryders, Inc for 8 years. Brooke and Kiersten Owen have tremendous depth of experience about the commercial balloon industry, and are looking forward to their new beginning as the owners of Adirondack Balloon Flights.

The 2014 flying season will begin on April 25th. We will be offering two flights a day, sunrise and sunset. Click here for more information about our flights.

Our online reservation system is now open for bookings. You may reserve your flight online, or call (518) 793-6342.

We are looking forward to a beautiful season and hope you consider Adirondack Balloon Flights whether you’re vacation planning or just looking for a new way to experience New York State’s Adirondacks, Albany, Lake George & Saratoga Springs Region.

 

 

 

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

We just had a very nice patch of weather at the end of September for doing some early fall foliage hot air balloon rides in our beautiful Adirondacks/Lake George/Albany-The Capital District region.

The weekend flights started on Saturday evening with a group of friends, Jeff and Maureen from Aberdeen NJ and Rose and Michael from Brooklyn NY.

The weekend flights started on Saturday evening with a group of friends, Jeff and Maureen from Aberdeen NJ, and Rose and Michael from Brooklyn NY.

The fall colors are just starting to come on strong.

Up, up and away over rural Washington County.

 

 

Next flight was on Sunday morning with two couples, Ken and Sharon from Blairstown NJ, and Ramya and Abhilash from Webster NY.

Next flight was on Sunday morning with two couples, Ken and Sharon from Blairstown NJ, and Ramya and Abhilash from Webster NY.

Ken and Sharon and the balloon shadow thru the early morning mist.

Ken and Sharon and the balloon shadow thru the early morning mist.

Ramya and Abhilash with the early morning mist breaking up over the upper Hudson River Valley.

Ramya and Abhilash with the early morning mist breaking up over the upper Hudson River Valley.

Next up on Sunday evening, was Doug and Jackie from Highland IN on a Private Flight, who made us a part of their extended fall tour of the NorthEast.

Next up, on Sunday evening was Doug and Jackie from Highland IN on a Private Flight, who made us a part of their extended fall tour of the NorthEast.

Doug and Jackie with the Green Mountains of Vermont in the background.

Doug and Jackie with the Green Mountains of Vermont in the background.

On Monday evening, I flew Rick and Penny from Nassau on a Private Flight.

On Monday evening, I flew Rick and Penny from Nassau on a Private Flight.

A paraplane visited during our evening air cruise over the Argyle area.

A paraplane visited during our evening air cruise over the Argyle area.

I wish that the weather forecast for the coming weekend for our Adirondack, Lake George Region was as nice as it was for the last 10 days or so, but, it looks like it will be a bit of a challenge to get many flights in thru early next week. There still is a lot of time left to enjoy our fall foliage flights, so get your reservation in before the season ends. Call me @ 518-793-6342

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Flights and Weather Forecast

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Albany-The Capital District, looks fantastic right thru early next week for our hot air balloon rides. Unfortunately, the flying weather did not cooperate for last weekend’s Adirondack Balloon Festival or our hot air balloon rides. But, for those who want to view the fall foliage that is rapidly coming-on, this is a great time to do it, and there is no better way than above it from a hot air balloon.

On Tuesday morning, I flew Ellen and her brother Gary visiting from West Bend WI, and Karen and Darlene, local from Queensbury.

On Tuesday morning, I flew Ellen and her brother Gary visiting from West Bend WI, and Karen and Darlene, local from Queensbury.

Wednesday afternoon was another beautiful day for flying, on-board was Craig and Susan from Queensbury.

Wednesday afternoon was another beautiful day for flying, on-board was Craig and Susan from Queensbury.

 

Recent Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Unfortunately, the flying weather was not good for us this past weekend, which coincided with the annual Adirondack Balloon Festival . That weekend seems to be snake-bit as this is the 4th or 5th year in a row that the Balloon Festival weekend has been mostly a wash for flying. Anyhow, Tuesday morning was beautiful for doing a flight for some local folks from Floyd Bennett Airport.

Karen and Darlene from Queensbury on-board from Floyd Bennett Airport

Karen and Darlene from Queensbury on-board from Floyd Bennett Airport

Ellen from Moreau and her brother Gary who was visiting from West Bend WI

Ellen from Moreau and her brother Gary who was visiting from West Bend WI

The weather forecast for the Adirondack/Lake George/Albany-The Capital District region is fantastic for flying right thru next week. The fall foliage is looking good, so it’s a good time to take a hot air balloon ride with us. Weekends are a bit full, but flights during the week are still available through our fall foliage flying season. So give us a call @ 518-793-6342 to make a reservation to view the fall foliage by hot air balloon.

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather Forecast

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The weather improved over the weekend after all the heavy rain earlier in the week for doing hot air balloon rides. Our first flight was on Saturday evening –

On Saturday afternoon, I flew Nadine and Luke from Ballston Lake on a Private Flight.

On Saturday afternoon, I flew Nadine and Luke from Ballston Lake on a Private Flight.

On Sunday morning, I flew Julie from Clifton Park and her father Tom from Yonkers. Sharing the ride with them was Art from New York City on a gift flight.

On Sunday morning, I flew Julie from Clifton Park and her father Tom from Yonkers. Sharing the ride with them was Art from New York City on a gift flight.

The all important Adirondacks/Lake George/Albany region weather forecast for the week heading into the Adirondack Balloon Festival looks good for flying during the week, but a bit unsettled over the weekend. The weather charts from the Weather Prediction Center show high pressure over the area for a good deal of the week, then a frontal passage on Saturday. For those looking to view the balloons at the Adirondack Balloon Festival, your best opportunity will be on Thursday evening at Crandall Park and Friday evening out at the Airport festival location. If things work out, they may be able to fly on Saturday morning before the rain and wind with the cold front. Sunday probably won’t happen, but, you never know for sure until the day of with the weather.

 

Recent Balloon Rides and Weather

Monday, August 26th, 2013

We just had a fantastic string of beautiful weather the last couple of weeks. Great for doing some flying, and it was also great for partying and enjoying the area’s amenities with family that was in-town for a week long mooch. The weather forecast for this week for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs region does not look good for flying until we get close and into the upcoming Labor Day Holiday Weekend.

Now it’s time to update recent flights from the beautiful weekend we just had – –

On Saturday morning the 24th, I flew friends Joan, Denise and Carol from Long Island NY.

On Saturday morning the 24th, I flew friends Joan, Denise and Carol from Long Island NY.

On the afternoon flight of the 24th, Julianna and Anthony of Tarrytown NY got engaged. Congratulations guys!

On the afternoon flight of the 24th, Julianna and Anthony of Tarrytown NY got engaged. Congratulations guys!

For my last flight of the weekend, on Sunday morning I flew sisters Sherri from Sauquoit NY and Laura from Clinton NY.

For my last flight of the weekend, on Sunday morning I flew sisters Sherri from Sauquoit NY and Laura from Clinton NY.

 

 

 

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather?

Monday, July 1st, 2013

It’s been awhile since my last post, mainly because nothing much has changed as far as the flying conditions, other than they have gotten worse as of late. So, there really was nothing to say. And my mother always said, if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all! Anyhow, just to update the weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany and The Capital District, it remains very soggy, and once the rain finally lets-up, we will need some drying before we can even think of flying again due to very wet field conditions out in the flying area. The weather pattern seems to be tracking pretty much the same as the last 4 years (except each year, it’s a bit worse than the previous year). The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center’s forecast pretty much confirms this, at least so far. So, if it continues as before, we should start to dry-out toward the middle of July, and, by the end of the month, most of August, and the first couple of weeks of September, go dry for good flying before it starts raining again just in time for the September Balloon Festival and the fall flying season (before it goes dry again heading into winter and ski season). Hey, I’d love to be surprised and get something other than these extreme weather conditions, where it’s either excessive rain or excessive dry (like they are experiencing out west right now). And if anything can surprise, it’s the weather. So, here’s hoping for…

We'd love it to look like this, but, not until Monday - hopefully!

We’d love it to look like this.

This is the view you get from my balloon.

This is the view you get from my balloon.

Brighter days and good times!

Brighter days and good times!

 

 

Recent Balloon Flights and Weather Forecast for the Weekend

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Recent flights have been a bit spotty as of late due to the weather. On Saturday morning the 1st, I flew a mixed group, a couple from Astoria, and a customer from Scotia on a gift balloon ride.

Shawn and Vanessa up over Argyle on a beautiful morning.

Shawn and Vanessa up over Argyle on a beautiful morning.

Rodger on his gift balloon ride that morning.

Rodger on his gift balloon ride that morning.

Next up was the morning of the 5th. On board was a mother/daughter enjoying a gift flight over rural Washington County on a beautiful morning.

Bridget was visiting from Anchorage AK, and Chris is from Wynantskill.

Bridget was visiting from Anchorage AK, and Chris is from Wynantskill.

 

Now for the weather forecast portion of this post for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany – The Capital District, and the outlook for doing any hot air balloon rides this weekend. In 2 words, not good. Right now, the weather looks rather damp right through the next week of June, according to the 6 to 14 day outlook forecast by the Climate Prediction Center.