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Hot Air Balloon Flight Over Temecula Valley Wine Country
Enjoy my photo essay documenting the setup, flight and deflation of a hot air balloon on an adventure provided by California Dreamin’ in the Temecula Valley Wine Country of Southern California.
Although I’ve been photographing Northern California Wine Country (Napa Valley, Sonoma and Livermore Valley) and Central California wineries in Paso Robles and the Edna Valley for over a dozen years this was my first visit to Temecula Valley. And even though I’ve photographed hot air balloons in Napa Valley and at the Great Reno Balloon Race in Nevada I’ve never been up in one.
And while it wasn’t quite La Minerve — cruise ship in the sky, proposed by the physicist Robertson in 1804, my flight took place in a sturdy and beautiful 12 passenger balloon.
Wine country hot air balloon rides start early in the morning when the air is calmest, typically last an hour or more and end with a traditional sparkling wine breakfast. David Bradley and his wife Gail own and run California Dreamin’ Balloon Rides, a small family winery—Vindemia Vineyard & Winery—and a one room B&B in Temecula Valley.
Dave piloted the hot air balloon I rode in while another California Dreamin’ balloon set up next to us, launching and traveling a similar route to ours. As many as eight other hot air balloons were in the air over the valley during our flight.
Temecula Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight
The first order of business is to choose a launch site based on current weather conditions.