I went to the Flying Circus Aerodrome Ballon Festival in Bealeton, VA with the intention of shooting the hot air balloons and possibly taking a ride. I didn’t get to take a balloon ride because they sold out quickly, but as the morning went on I worked up the courage to ride in the open cockpit Stearman biplane. I’ll post the video soon (you can view here), but for now here’s some shots from that morning.
Have you taken a hot air balloon ride? Let me know your experience in the comments.
Pro Tip: Bring cash if you want to take a balloon ride and haven’t booked in advance. Most of the pilots are independent contracts and only accept cash.