Posts Tagged ‘Hot Air Balloon Rides’

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.

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 –

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

A New Flying Season, Balloon Rides 2013

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

I figure it’s past time to come out of my winter hibernation, loosen up the fingers and start blogging again. The snow’s gone, except for the man-made left on the local ski slopes, plus the ice is out of Lake George and the Hudson River.

A pic I took along the Hudson River back in March, just above Warrensburg, on the way back from visiting our friends the Leahy’s, in Clayton on the St. Lawrence River.

It’s now flying season again, my 37th that I’ve been giving hot air balloon rides in the Adirondack, Lake George, Saratoga Springs region.

My Peacock VIII Hot Air Balloon

This is the view you get from my balloon.

So folks, come on up and join Baker, Todd and myself for a hot air balloon ride this season. Contact me through my web site,, or give a call to  518-793-6342.


Recent Balloon Ride and Weather for the Week

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

On Saturday morning, I flew Sean and Melody, from the Ballston Lake, Saratoga Springs area, on a frosty, clear private hot air balloon ride over rural Washington County. Some of the fall foliage is past and down, but the hill areas are still bright with fall color to enjoy.

Yes, there was frost on the pumpkin on Saturday morning. Notice the white in the grass area top right, it was low 20’s.

Sean and Melody. The sun warmed things up toward the end of the flight as the sun melted the frost away.

The weather forecast for this week for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area, looks to be pretty much as it’s been for the past 3-4 weeks, progressive with a couple of days of wet and a day or so of sun before the next system, and on and on…

Hot Air Balloon Ride Weather Forecast

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Our National Weather Service forecast for the Adirondacks, Lake George, Saratoga Springs New York area is not changing much from what’s it’s been for the past 3 weeks, very progressive with rain and weather systems every couple of days, and increasingly cooler temps. While we are forecast to get a break on Thursday, it doesn’t look flyable. Then another system for overnight into early Friday with windy conditions during the day. Saturday looks good for balloon ride flying on the coming weekend, but that may be it until next Tuesday as we get a series of systems on Sunday/Monday with rain. With the speed and intensity of the lows coming thru, it’s looking like an active transition period to winter from summer. And, the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting us to stay rather wet for most of the balance of October.

This is pretty much what the flying area looked like on the Monday PM flight. Our foliage has now reached it’s peak, and will be past peak next week.

Balloon Ride Flying Weather thru Columbus Day

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

The weather forecast for doing hot air balloon rides in the Lake George, Saratoga Springs region for this week looks rather bleak, again. Rain for Wednesday and Thursday, then a short break for part of Friday before the next system moves in and stalls, again, over the area with periods of rain Saturday and Sunday. I guess we get to dry-out Monday/Tuesday. I’ll post-up an update later in the week, when I get a look at what we can expect next week for flying weather. Next week should be peak color for the fall foliage.

This is what the flying area will look like next week for fall colors.

The balloon is great for getting a close-up look at the fall colors from a different perspective – above!

And also a panoramic view of the fall color across our upper Hudson River valley between the Adirondack Mountains of New York and the Green Mountains of Vermont.

Current Weather Forecast

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The weather forecast for this weekend in the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area, in a word is crappy. We’ll be lucky to fly at all this weekend, or before next Tuesday. Too bad, the foliage is just now getting decent. Our fall foliage is usually at peak around the 10th of October. Hopefully the weather will give us some good extended flying conditions when we are at/near peak color.

This is what the fall foliage should be looking like about now out in our flying area in rural Washington County.