Lake Riverside Estates residents received a colorful surprise in the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 8, as three hot air balloons descended upon the open fields near the lake.
Despite foggy and smokey conditions, nothing could dampen the spirits of those flying and those observing from the ground.
Neighbors chatted as they took photos and videos, many commenting that they heard the balloons before they saw them. Dogs barking at the large round and vivid objects in the sky alerted many residents to their advancement and descent toward the lake area.
“The propane burners create a high-pitched noise that dogs can hear, but we can’t,” pilot Dylan Bradley with California Dreamin Balloon Adventures, said. “Many times they know we are coming before people do.”
Bradley answered questions from residents, sharing his love of piloting the flying machines.
California Dreamin Balloon Adventures offers flights out of Temecula wine country. Sunset flights take off down by the sea in Del Mar.
Crews in the chase trucks attended each balloon as it touched down and the pilot allowed the hot air to leave the balloon, called the envelope. It causes the structure to deflate and slowly sink to the ground, ending the flight.
The prevailing winds that morning delivered the aerial adventurers to Lake Riverside Estates.
Luxury vans arrived to escort the guests back to a winery for more adventures.
To discover more about California Dreamin Balloon Adventures, visit them at http://www.facebook.com/CaliforniaDreaminBalloonAdventures.
Diane Sieker can be reached by email at email@example.com.