Posts Tagged ‘Hot Air Balloon Rides’

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 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 Flight and Weather Forecast

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Well, the flying weather for balloon rides in the Lake George/Saratoga Springs area for the Labor Day Holiday weekend, was a bust for me, as was the week going into Labor Day. The Bermuda high that set-up over our area did me no favors, just as it didn’t when it was here for much of early July. We did manage to get on flight in on the morning of the 30th.

A mother/daughter, Bonnie from Plattsburgh and Jena from Rensselaer up over Washington County.

A mother/daughter, Bonnie from Plattsburgh and Jena from Rensselaer up over Washington County.

Irina and Nikolay from Reisterstown MD were also on the Friday morning flight.

Irina and Nikolay from Reisterstown MD were also on the Friday morning flight.

It’s looking like our weather is starting to shift toward fall/winter with the passing of the Labor Day holiday. It’s amazing how it works, the calendar turns and we start our steady march toward winter. I have to admit that I do love the Fall time of year.

Fall Flying!

Fall Foliage Flying!

On another weather note with the coming Adirondack Balloon Festival, I don’t want to rain on anybodies parade, but the forecast from the Climate Prediction Center is turning familiar to last couple of festivals. Hopefully, the systems will shift off the coast just in time!

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.

 

 

 

Recent Hot Air Balloon Rides and Weather

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Guess it’s time to get caught-up on the recent flights we’ve been doing. The weather for doing hot air balloon rides has much improved over earlier in the year. But, if the Climate Prediction Center’s 8-14 day outlook is to be believed, we may be heading back to an unsettled period for the last week of the month and the early part of September. I suspect we will get our opportunities to fly tho, especially for this coming weekend which looks great. So come on out and play!

The rides will be posted backward, starting with the most recent on back —

On the morning of the 22nd, I flew the Streeter family from Shirley NY.

On the morning of the 22nd, I flew the Streeter family from Shirley NY.

On the morning of the 21st, I flew Ed and Kim from Pompton Lakes NJ

On the morning of the 21st, I flew Ed and Kim from Pompton Lakes NJ

On the afternoon of the 18th, I flew Aimee from NewPort ME, and Justine from Watertown NY.

On the afternoon of the 18th, I flew Aimee from NewPort ME, and Justine from Watertown NY.

On the morning of the 18th, I flew David from Pay Brook NY, and my brave flyer from Brazil, Ivy.

On the morning of the 18th, I flew David from Ray Brook NY, and his brave flyer from Brazil, Ivy.

On the morning of the 15th, I flew Deny and Catherine from Kitchener ON, and Courtney and Scott from Baltimore MD.

On the morning of the 15th, I flew Deny and Catherine from Kitchener ON, and Courtney and Scott from Baltimore MD.

On the afternoon of the 11th, I flew Joseph and Natalie from the Rexford/Clifton Park NY area, and Alec and Maryann from Albany NY

On the afternoon of the 11th, I flew Joseph and Natalie from the Rexford/Clifton Park NY area, and Alec and Maryann from Albany NY

On the morning of the 11th, I flew Marc and Devin from Goshen NY, and Jeff and Sheri from Watertown NY.

On the morning of the 11th, I flew Marc and Devin from Goshen NY, and Jeff and Sheri from Watertown NY.

Our fall flying season is rapidly approaching, so get your reservations in to view the fall foliage. That’s all for now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Balloon Rides and Weather

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

It’s been awhile since I last posted anything, getting lazy. Anyhow, here are some recent folks that we have flown in our hot air balloon, starting with most recent.

 

On 8/5/AM, I flew Rob & Carol from Ballston Lake and Simone from Rexford.

On 8/5/AM, I flew Rob & Carol from Ballston Lake and Simone from Rexford.

On 7/31/AM, I flew Maria from Copenhagen, who was visiting Thomas & Laura from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/31/AM, I flew Maria from Copenhagen, who was visiting Thomas & Laura from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/27/PM, I flew Marlene from Greenwich NY, Suzanne from Waldwick  & Rob from Mahwah NJ.

On 7/27/PM, I flew Marlene from Greenwich NY, Suzanne from Waldwick & Rob from Mahwah NJ.

On 7/27/AM, I flew James & Sherry from Little Falls, and Erika from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/27/AM, I flew James & Sherry from Little Falls, and Erika from Saratoga Springs.

On 7/26/PM flight, Zach and Krystal got engaged. Congratulations!

On 7/26/PM flight, Zach and Krystal got engaged. Congratulations!

On Friday morning, the 26th, I flew Paul And Jacquelin from Brooklyn, NY.

On Friday morning, the 26th, I flew Paul And Jacquelin from Brooklyn, NY.

 

As you can see, our flying weather has finally improved so we can do some flying, and the forecast from the National Weather Service, looks typical summer flying weather through the middle of the month. After a couple of rain days now, weather improves over the weekend thru early Tuesday, and after some rain later Tuesday, the weather improves the rest of next week.

 

 

 

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.

Balloon Ride Flying Weather for the Week

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

The weather forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Albany, The Capital District, looks possible on Tuesday, and the best on the Wednesday AM and PM flight windows for going on a hot air balloon ride. Right now, later in the week into the upcoming weekend doesn’t look so good for going on a hot air balloon ride. I have space available, so either give me a call @ 518-793-6342 or contact me through my web site @ AdirondackBalloonFlights.com

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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.