Hot air balloons thrill LRE residents

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Residents of Lake Riverside Estates watch the surprise landing of three hot air balloons ‎Tuesday, ‎Sept. ‎8. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

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.

Crews begin the deflation process on this hot air balloon. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
A crew member manipulates the rigging on the deflating hot air balloon‎. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

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.

The deflated hot air balloon, or envelope, rests in a protective tarp after landing in Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
The gondola waits to be secured for loading and transport back to Temecula. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

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.

The propane flame is visible as this pilot maneuvers the hot air balloon to a safe landing in Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Crews carefully fold and store the envelope for transport. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Pilot Dylan Bradley explains the workings of the balloon and what the crews are doing to secure it for transport. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

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 dsieker@reedermedia.com.

One of the three hot air balloons begins its deflation at the landing site in Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Crews load the gondola onto the trailer on preparation for transport back to Temecula. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo