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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

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

We did manage to do a couple of flights when we got a brake with the weather. First was the past Saturday morning –

Michael, Christina and Joie, a family from Huntington NY.

Michael, Christina and Joie, a family from Huntington NY.

On Monday morning, I flew 4 friends from Washington County, Fred and Phyllis, and Alyce and Ed.

On Monday morning, I flew 4 friends from Washington County, Fred and Phyllis, and Alyce and Ed.

The weather forecast for the Lake George, Saratoga Springs area for this week is not very good for doing balloon rides until we get to the weekend, specifically Sunday from what they are currently showing today. On another note about current showing of weather forecasts, last week I mentioned in my blog post that the CPC’s 7-10 day outlook forecast was looking wet heading into the upcoming Adirondack Hot Air Balloon Festival. Well, seems there has been a change of heart as far as their forecast models, and they are now advertising above average dry? Hey, it’s the northeast. Give the forecast a minute, and it’ll change – for the good this time!

 

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.

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 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…

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.

Things to do in the Lake George – Saratoga Springs Region

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

I’ve been wanting to organize a blog on some of the things to do in the area from a locals perspective, not the chamber of commerce. You can get a great overview by noodling around  my web site’s Regional Info page –  just click the hi-lighted link to the left. Our region is rich in natural and man-made attractions for you to enjoy.

A late fall view of a quiet Lake George

Lake George Village features it’s tour boats, historical sites, para sailing, mini golf, hotels/motels, restaurants and tourists shops. Further up Lake George is quieter than the Village, with locations like Bolton Landing, and Hague . You will find many white water rafting and tubing operations in the area, horse back riding, golf, amusement parks like The Great Escape. There are many biking, hiking and climbing options around, check-out the Adirondack Mountain Club for details/maps on area hikes/climbing options.

The view from on top of Mt. Jo, that you access from Adk Loj.

Other communities to to check-out while visiting, just to the north of Lake George off I-87 exit #23 (Adirondack Northway), there is Warrensburg for lots of antique shops and beautiful Victorian B&Bs. From Warrensburg, head north on Rt 28 to North Creek/Gore Mountain for rafting on the upper Hudson River, hiking/biking, gondola rides on Gore Mountain, and train rides on the Saratoga/North Creek Railway . Next up on Rt 28 north, is the Adirondack mountain community of Indian Lake. Further up Rt. 28 is beautiful Blue Mountain Lake. One of our absolute favorite places to go for a quick get-a-way in the mountains is, The Hedges on Blue Mountain Lake.

The Hedges was built in the Adirondack Arts & Crafts style of the Adirondack Great Camp

Hedges provides opportunities to get out on the water.

 

Enjoy a quiet morning.

 

Take-in a beautiful Adirondack Mountain sunset.

The Arts & Crafts style of one of the lodge buildings at the Hedges

Blue is also home to the renown, Adirondack Museum, worth the drive from anywhere. From there, you can either head north on Rt. 30 thru Long Lake (for a special treat, stop at the Long Lake beach and take a seaplane ride with Helms Aero) and on to Tupper Lake (home of The Wild Center Museum of the Adirondack’s), or circle back east on Rt. 28N toward Newcomb (Newcomb has great views of the High Peaks from it’s town park, or you can take the Tahawus Rd to access trailheads and views of the high peak region), Minerva, Olmstedville, Pottersville and Exit 26, I-87. If you chose the Tupper Lake route, after Tupper, take Rt. 3 toward  Saranac Lake, near-by is the Visitors Interpretive Center at Paul Smith’s. From there, Rt. 86 heads toward the Village of Lake Placid, home of the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympics and current U.S.Olympic Training site for winter sport athletes.

Lake Placid, is a beautiful, alpine Adirondack Mountain Village

Lake Placid features 4 seasons of fun things to do. Near-by, you have the various Olympic venues that offer both visitor participation and spectator viewing of athlete training & competitions, plus Whiteface Mountain and the Veterans Memorial Highway Drive.

You can drive most of the way to the top of Whiteface, (make sure your vehicle has good brakes for the ride down before going) and either climb the last 200 feet or take the elevator to the top.

There is a variety of lodging options, and decent dining in Lake Placid Village.

Alfresco dining at the Adirondack Steak & Seafood, which is also a brewery.

The Brown Dog Cafe & Wine Bar is our favorite eatery in Lake Placid.

 

Lake Placid Pub & Brewery is a good choice. Their Ubu Ale is a tasty, hi-octain brew.

From Placid, head south/east on Rt. 73 toward I-87, and back to Lake George. You will pass many hiking options along the way.

The view along the Adirondack Loj Road, looking toward the High Peaks Wilderness Region. Lots of good hiking from the High Peaks Information Center maintained by Adk Mt Club at the end of Loj Road.

On the way to I-87, you pass thru the hamlet of Keene Valley and the Noon Mark Diner, famous for their pies.

To the East of Lake George, you can travel to Vermont either thru beautiful, rural Washington County, aka our balloon flying area, or you can take various car ferries across Lake Champlain from the New York side to Vermont.

The Lake Champlain car ferry at Fort Ti.

Washington County, NY is a great place to check out if you are in the mood for a drive in the country. It borders Vermont, and scenery wise, is much like what you expect to find in Vermont, with many small Towns, Villages and Hamlets, and historically an agrarian economy. One notable county resident who lived in Eagle Bridge, Anna Mary Robertson (better known as Grandma Moses), painted country scenes typical of where she lived. Her grandson, Will Moses, continues the family tradition, painting in Eagle Bridge at his Mt. Nebo Gallery (it’s worth the visit). Another famous resident was, Susan B. Anthony, who as a child, lived in the tiny Hamlet of Battenville along the Battenkill River (a prominent trout fishing stream).
Many small communities dot the county landscape, such as Granville, home of the Slate Valley Museum; Salem, where you will find a number of old covered bridges, Steininger’s, worth the drive from anywhere for lunch and fine hand-made chocolates, the Gardenworks Farm, which features farm fresh foods, and country craft, art and gift items; The Villages of Cambridge and Greenwich feature interesting shopping and dining options, unique communities such as New Skete, and beautiful side drives just to appreciate the rural country landscapes.

Fall is a great time to get out and drive the back-country roads of rural Washington County, to appreciate spectacular scenery and views.

Next, we head south from Lake George on either I-87 or Rt 9 to the City of Glens Falls, home to the Hyde Collection Museum, the World Awareness Children’s Museum, The Chapman local history museum, a number of arts centers, and some tasty eateries such as 132 Glen Street Bistro, Bistro Tallulah – a fav, Raul’s Mexican Grill and Rene’s – also favs, plus the Davidson Bros.and Coopers Cave Brew Pubs and Restaurants.

The Saturday morning Glens Falls Farmers Market, is a great place to pick up locally sourced goods.

Further south on either Rt 9 or I-87, we have Saratoga Springs, another destination location like Lake George, but a much different style. While Lake George can be very touristy (not that there is anything wrong with that), Saratoga is more of an upscale type of venue, noted for it’s horse’s and horse racing, spas and mineral springs, entertainment venues such as SPAC, a multitude of dining options, and an active nightlife scene that is popular with locals and vacationers alike.

SPAC is a fantastic open air concert venue.

For the history buff, our area played a major part in early American history with many historical sites to visit. We were the great battleground for 2 centuries of battle with The French and Indian Wars, the War of 1812, and the American Revolution. The book, “Conquered into Liberty” by Eliot A. Cohen, tells the history of war along “The Great Warpath”, which prominently features how Lake George, Lake Champlain and especially Fort Ticonderoga played a major part in us becoming American, not British or French. You can tour forts recreated on the remains of actual fort sites in Lake George Village with Fort William Henry, and up north on Lake Champlain you have Fort Ticonderoga, plus the Crown Point State Historic Site, which features actual ruins of the French Fort, St. Frederic, and the largest Fort built by the British in North America, His Majesty’s Fort of Crown Point. To the south down along the Hudson River, we have the Saratoga National Historical Park, which played a prominent part in turning the Revolutionary War against the British, in favor of the American Rebels. In Fort Edward on the Hudson River, there is a small museum/visitors center at the Rogers Island Visitors Center that showcases artifacts and the story of Captain Robert Rogers, who wrote his “Rogers Rules of Ranging” in 1757 for his British Irregular Forces on the Island, and this handbook is still currently taught in training and used by the US Army Rangers and Special Operations Forces fighting around the world.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Flying Weather and Recent Flights

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

How about that Memorial Holiday Weekend weather! For what was forecast to be a rather wet and stormy weekend, it ended up pretty nice for everyone. Unfortunately, we got snookered on doing some flights for folks with the lousy weather forecast, but, we had an unexpected beautiful day on Monday to visit and have lunch with friends, Rick and Roseann from Shelburne VT, and our son Eric, up at the Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury VT.

Tani and Rick in front of the Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury from a previous visit.

 

The gang enjoying good times at the Two Brothers Tavern, Tani and Roseann, Rick and Eric.

 

View of the bar area, me, Rick and Tani.

Now for the hot air balloon ride portion of our Memorial Holiday weekend post. The Saturday morning flight got canceled because the cold front that was supposed to pass overnight, hadn’t, and appeared to be on our doorstep during the morning flight-time. So, we delayed flying our morning pacs that came all the way from Dublin, OH to fly with us, to the afternoon flight.

Teresa and Brian from Dublin OH on the afternoon hot air balloon ride over beautiful rural Washington County.

On Sunday morning, which originally was forecast to be a wet and stormy day, we again had beautiful flying conditions to fly a nice couple that came up from the Bronx to go on a hot air balloon ride with us.

Ray and Meena on the Sunday morning balloon ride.

And now, the hot air balloon ride flying weather forecast for the coming week. So far, we haven’t received a drop of rain, even tho NWS had forecast it to be wet and stormy for most of the weekend and into the mid part of the week. There has been some rather big storms passing just to our north this morning, along a warm front that appears to be just north of Lake George. A cold front is forecast to pass thru our area this afternoon with a bang, then we get some clearing late on Wednesday, with probably windy weather on Thursday, flyable conditions on Friday, and for now, wet conditions overnight on Friday into Saturday, and possibly early Sunday. We’ll see how it all plays-out as the week goes along. As we found out this past weekend, a forecast is just a forecast, and you never know for sure until the day of…

For those that like to try to plan and keep track of the weather trends, the CPC (Climate Prediction Center) is forecasting rather wet and cool conditions for the northeast for the 1st 14 days of June. Just click the hot link above and move your mouse pointer over stuff and you’ll see their current advance forecasts.