Up in a hot air balloon over Temecula

This weekend, Raphael and I along with another couple headed two hours southeast to Temecula, wine country. We've gone before, but it's been awhile. This time we did some wine tastings at Wiens, Leonesse and had dinner at South Coast Winery. Then, the next day we arose at the ungodly hour at 4:30 a.m. to go on a hot-air-balloon ride and picnic with Sunrise Balloon tours.

When we arrived it was dark and they were inflating two balloons with a four person and a six person basket. Luckily the four of us were able to ride in our own four person balloon. Sipping mimosas, we floated over orange groves, full vineyards, and rose to about 1,500 feet. It was very serene, almost like paragliding.

It was in the 50s when we woke up, and although I had packed a snuggie, I didn't have to use it since the temperature quickly increased, especially standing under the blowing fire filling the balloon and heating our heads.

Here's a look at our view:


  1. I'm jealous. Looks like a fantastic time!

  2. Amazing pictures! What an experience.

  3. I always wanted to do that! How fun. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Great pics. I love the shadow pic and inside of the balloon.

  5. I've been meaning to explore Temecula. Thanks for the push.

  6. Ooo lovely! I can't wait to go hot-air ballooning someday. :) Thank you for sharing!

  7. It seems a lovely ride to me. Thanks a lot for sharing the pictures with us.
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  8. It looks like you had a great time, and your photos are really pretty. They really show how beautiful the scenery is from the view of a hot air balloon. Thanks for sharing your fun experience!
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