When I went to Egypt in 2007 I had no intention of doing a hot air balloon trip but when a couple on my tour decided to do the trip for sunrise, the “I hate missing out” part of me started kicking in. I didn’t want them to come back and tell me how good it was and see the pictures and regret not doing it, so I signed up and agreed to get up at some ridiculous hour so that we could get out to the field into our balloon and in the air while it was still dark so we could watch sunrise in the sky. When we arrived I was surprised at the size of the basket, I was expecting that one balloon carried maybe 4 people and not realising there would be lots of baskets attached.
Our balloon was carrying 20-25 people!!! Everyone was in pairs getting put in the baskets and then there was little me left all on my own!! A guy came over and gave me some gloves and advised I was with the captain!!! This meant that I experienced the whole flight in the basket with the gas canistors and because of the gloves when we needed to rise I had to stand on my tiptoes to press the lever to put the flames in the balloon!! As if I wasn’t nervous enough about going up in the balloon, I am terrified of heights, I am surrounded by gas canistors and I am in charge of keeping us in the air!!!
Once we were all in our baskets, the captain had gone through the safety briefing and how to land (most of which didn’t apply to me because of the gas canistors!! I wasn’t to duck low in the basket on landing!! As I might get knocked out by a gas canistor!!), the captain got us in the air. As co-pilot I was chatting to the pilot and he was telling me about his long experience as a balloon pilot and that he was actually in charge of all the other balloons and so I was very lucky because we were the first balloon up and would be the last balloon to land and so we would get extra time for free!! He could tell from the look on my face, that this was not good news to me, all I wanted to do was get back on the ground as soon as possible!!
Thankfully the captain kept me busy, pointing out all the sights on the ground so I could take lots of pictures and reminding me to keep the balloon in the air!! It was amazing seeing the Valley of the Kings from the air, knowing that afterwards we would be visiting it. After a bit I got used to being up there and the views were amazing, it was a truly amazing experience and so peaceful. I am glad I did it but am not sure I will do it again!!
Here are some pictures from that trip.
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