Mid-June people were still skiing in the high Sierras as 19 teenagers gathered for a full immersion experience into hot air ballooning. This was our first stop on this summer’s trip. The campers, counselors, instructors/pilots and organizers all stayed in a multi-level, hostel style lodge which promoted a great sense of community and convenience.
Every morning we trekked down to the Truckee airport to fly if the weather permitted or at least inflate the morning we had a thunderstorm approaching. The kids got to see a variety of balloon brands as well as a chance to tether in a cloud hopper.
Being it was only Martok’s second time out ballooning he was encouraged to take a look at the equipment as well. Lessons were interspersed with meals and a little bit of free time with little time for sleep.
After 5 marathon days we raced across Nevada to get to the next stop the Panguitch balloon rally, Martok’s first balloon rally.