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