Hot Air Expeditions November Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving! We at Hot Air Expeditions are thankful for you!
Check out our new information below and have a wonderful holiday!

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Pilot Q&A with Captain Yee-Haw

Captain Yee-HawYou’ve seen them up in the air, but how much do you know about your pilot? Get to know the people that make it all happen with our Pilot Q&A!
This month we’re featuring Captain Mike Drysdale, we hope you enjoy!

Mike “Captain Yee-Haw” Drysdale
Age: “I’m Old.” 48 years young
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
Hot Air Balloon Flight hours: 2000+

How did you get into ballooning?
I started crewing part time with my family in the early nineties.  I was working part time with my younger brother and cousin.  My brother wanted to be a hot air balloon pilot, but he passed away at a young age. In his honor, I got my pilot license and ballooning became a passion of mine.

Where’s the coolest place you’ve ever been ballooning?
I get this a lot from passengers, but it’s a hard question. I’ve done sunrise and sunset flights over many different areas such as the Great Lakes, the Fall Lakes, and the Grand Tetons. Every flight is unique, and each area has its own charm that makes it enjoyable.

Any tips for first time passengers?
Lose the apprehension!  It’s not scary or intimidating being up in the air in a balloon. Bring a camera, sit back and enjoy yourself, and take in the sights.

What’s one thing you hope passengers take away from their ballooning experience with you?
Memories. I’m very blessed to have the talent to give our passengers memories that they will hold onto for a lifetime.

You wake up at an ungodly hour, how do you get going?
I have always been an early riser, I’m always getting up early.  As far as my job; when you do what you love and, you look forward to it, I never have a problem waking up. It’s always fun for me.

What can we find you doing in your spare time?
Usually spending time with my family. I love to cook and entertain. I have had people from all over the world come to taste my barbecue! I think the most I ever made was about 88 pounds of pork. I also love to fish. No particular area, just any where there is water.

Ballooning is on many Bucket List’s, what’s on yours?
I would like to go to the Mediterranean area, sample food and work my way north from there!

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Hot Air Expeditions October Newsletter

Happy Halloween! The cool crisp evenings we have all been waiting for are finally here! Check out our new information below as well as a cute treat recipe for the upcoming holidays.

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Hot Air Expeditions September Newsletter

Happy September! Check out what is new with Hot Air Expeditions, see some rave reviews and check out our fall recipe!

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Labor Day Weekend

Happy Labor Day weekend All!

Add some excitement to your Labor Day weekend and catch a morning flight with us at Hot Air Expeditions! We will be open all weekend, including Monday, offering rides daily meeting at the Deer Valley Airport in North Phoenix at 5:45 am. Remember we are running a Summer Special of $159 per person with one complimentary champagne flute per person which will be running through this weekend!

Get your Labor Day weekend adventure booked online or by calling our office at (480) 502-6999. We will take reservations up until 6 PM the night before as long as we have availability!

090216Have a safe and happy Labor Day weekend from all of us here at Hot Air Expeditions and we hope to see you up, up, and away!

Hot Air Expeditions August Newsletter

Check out what’s new at Hot Air Expeditions in our August Newsletter, including our safety commitment, ballooning facts, and more!

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Hot Air Expeditions July Newsletter

Happy July!  Check out our newsletter to catch a glimpse of what it’s like to take a ride with us, our summer special, and fun ways to stay cool during this summer heat!

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Summer in Arizona: Fun Ways to Stay Cool

With most days of the week being well into the triple digits during summer, sometimes it’s hard to figure out what to do that requires you leaving the coziness of your air conditioning. Here are a few activities that will get you out of the house and into some cool fun!


Morning Hot Air Balloon Experience:

With morning hot air balloon flights offered daily, year-round at the coolest time of day, beating the heat has never been more fun! Enjoy a 60-90 minute flight and take in the sights and sounds of the stunning Sonoran Desert.  Flights come complete with chilled champagne and a gourmet post-flight breakfast, and you’re wrapped up before 9:00am.  For more information on Hot Air Expeditions’ offerings or to make a reservation visit or call (480) 502-6999


Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

BYOF! Bring your own flashlight for a self-guided tour of the Desert Botanical Garden on Thursdays & Saturdays throughout the Summer from 7:00-10:00pm through September 3rd.  Immerse yourself in nature while learning fun facts about Arizona’s environment and seeing/hearing wild desert nightlife. Bonus: Children ages 2 and under are free!  For more information visit the Desert Botanical Gardens here!


Winter in July at the Phoenix Zoo

Who said we don’t have snow in Arizona?  On Saturday July 16, from 7:00-11:00am the Phoenix zoo will be transformed into a winter wonderland with more than 30 tons of snow, creating a winter playground for children, as well as for some of the zoo’s residents! Ruby, the Asian elephant will also be receiving a cold shower, courtesy of the Phoenix Fire Department. Click here for more information!

Wet n Wild

Wet ‘n’ Wild Phoenix

What better way to cool down than with water?  Located in Phoenix, this watery oasis has fun to keep the family entertained for the entire day!  With multiple slides, a lazy river, and a wave pool as well as dining options, this is a great full day activity that will help you shake the desert heat.  More information on Wet ‘n’ Wild can be found here.


Musical Instrument Museum

In just six short years since opening, the Musical Instrument Museum has been recognized by TripAdvisor as one of the top 20 museums in the United States, and is rated the #1 attraction in Phoenix by TripAdvisor reviewers. The MIM provides a fun, interactive music experience that is perfect for guests of all ages.  Admission includes state-of-the-art wireless headsets and headphones so you can take the self-guided tour at your pace, and explore music and instruments from around the world, all under one roof.  Get more information on the MIM here.

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Resort Staycation

Who says you have to leave town for a vacation? Many hotels and resorts in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area are running deals and specials for staycations.  Relax by the pool, sip some chilled bubbly, or cool off with a relaxing spa treatment once you arrive! Many rooms from top resorts are under $100 per night – enjoy these deals while they last! Some of our favorites are:

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia – rooms are starting at $99 a night

The Wigwam – rooms starting at $89 a night

We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center – rooms are starting at $89 a night

Hot Air Expeditions June Newsletter

Happy June!  Check out our newsletter for fun info on our flights, what’s inspiring us this month, and tips to take the best photos up, up and away!

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Best Photos to Take on Your Hot Air Balloon Flight

If you’re like us, you love adventuring and exploring the great outdoors, soaking it up one ray of sunshine at a time.  We love sharing our adventures with friends and family, and are always looking for the perfect profile picture or frame-worthy shot.  When it comes to our hot air ballooning experiences, there are definitely some unique and stunning photos to capture up, up and away.  Check out these essential shots to capture on your flight with us!

Make all your friends jealous with an adventurous profile picture!  Try to get another balloon in the background for a real ‘wow’ factor.selfie

Helping Out
You don’t really have to help, but you can trade places with our flight crew members to snap a fun photo!  Our staff is always available to take photos for you.
Helping Out

The Top
The top of the balloons are so gorgeous and colorful, but are often overlooked.  Remember to look up every now and again!
The Top

The Flame
Show your friends that you were flying in an aircraft a little bigger and more powerful than your average propane grill…

The Surrounding Landscape
The Sonoran Desert we fly in is absolutely gorgeous! Try shooting a panoramic shot to capture a larger viewpoint, and don’t forget to look down for wildlife.

The Champagne Toast
Cheers to an adventurous morning with a champagne toast!  The Sonoran Desert is the perfect backdrop.Toast

When’s the last time you had a gourmet breakfast in the middle of the desert?  Take your memories home with a quick snap of the scrumptious breakfast!

Group Photo
Recall the fun new friends you made on your flight, and your skilled pilot, with a group photo!
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Flight Certificate
It’s official! You’ve flown in a hot air balloon and come safely back to ground!
These are just a few ideas to get you going on your adventure! Get creative, ballooning is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and should be captured to remember for years to come!

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