Hot Air Ballooning

The valley looked even smaller, and the mountains so much bigger, as we skirted along the clouds and hoped the Grand would peak out.

There are few things that will get me up, out of bed, and ready to go by 5:00am. But the hopes to see the Tetons while flying over the valley in a hot air balloon did the trick. So I did it. I didn’t think about the extreme heights, the faith I would be putting in the pilot, or any other fears I may have had deep down. And I am so glad I didn’t.

Thanks to Kevin and his crew at Teton Balloon Flights, I had an unforgettable experience with some of my wonderful friends – the perfect way to kick off summertime in Teton Valley. Hot air ballooning is equal parts relaxing and exhilarating.

We arrived at the Broulim’s parking lot at the crack of dawn. Spoiler alert: This was our second shot at flying; those pesky mountain winds and early morning storms kept us grounded a few weeks prior. But this time the weather was slightly in our favor! It was a little overcast, but Kevin assured us that we could get a good hour’s flight in.

We piled into his van and drove to the launch site down the road. (Kevin let a regular old balloon go to check the direction of the wind). The balloon was going to take us toward Tetonia. Once the colorful, enormous hot air balloon filled to the brim with air, we piled in to our sectioned off compartments, two or three in each, and got ready to take off.

Rising above Teton Valley in a hot air balloon was such a surreal, amazing experience, especially for a balloon full of adrenaline junkies. The valley looked even smaller, and the mountains so much bigger, as we skirted along the clouds and hoped the Grand would peak out. It didn’t. But we had an exhilarating morning floating over our homes.

We landed, actually more like skidded, across a field and tipped over somewhat gracefully. Kevin ended the trip with mimosas, pastries, chocolate covered strawberries, and recited the Ballooners Prayer as the morning sun rose. Just another Teton Valley day!