As the winds violently rocked the treetops and the sky glazed over in a soupy haze of gray, we at The Lake Geneva Balloon Company watched as a storm spanning across half a dozen Midwestern states passed through our home. After eleven flights in six days, lingering strong winds and sporadic weather systems trailing the strong storm have grounded us for the next couple of days. While our area desperately needs the rain and the crew deserves a well-earned siesta, we can’t help but find ourselves staring longingly out our windows like Sally and her brother from Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, wishing for that ballooning sweet spot. Because no matter how many times we fly, our addiction has us craving more of that delicious thrill among the clouds. Alas, we cannot fight Mother Nature, and we must play by her rules; no matter how cruel they may seem.
Because of our current situation, LGB pilot John Trione finds himself thinking of his top ten dream flight destinations in the U.S. In no particular order, these are the locations.
10. Sedona, Arizona
9. Letchworth State Park, Castile, New York
8. Anywhere, Alaska
7. Steamboat Springs, Colorado
6. Reno, Nevada
5. Monument Valley, Utah
4. Lake Tahoe, California
3. Devil’s Lake State Park, Baraboo, Wisconsin
2. Red Rock State Park, Gallup, New Mexico
1. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Call us biased, but there’s no place like home.
What are some of your dream hot-air ballooning locations in the United States? Let us know in the comments below.